Geographical distribution of the endemic Sardinian brook salamander, Euproctus platycephalus, and implications for its conservation
Lecis, R. and Norris, K. (2003) Geographical distribution of the endemic Sardinian brook salamander, Euproctus platycephalus, and implications for its conservation. Herpetological Journal, 13 (3). pp. 125-133. ISSN 0268-0130
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The Sardinian brook salamander, Euproctus platycephalus, is a cryptically coloured urodele found in streams, springs and pools in the main mountain systems of Sardinia, and is classified as critically endangered by IUCN. General reviews of the mountainous range where salamanders occur are numerous, but very few field-based distribution studies exist on this endemic species. Through a field and questionnaire survey, conducted between 1999 and 2001, we report a first attempt to increase data on the present distribution of E. platycephalus. A total of 14 localities where Sardinian salamanders are represented by apparently stable and in some cases abundant populations have been identified, as well as 30 sites where species presence has been recorded after 1991. Some 11 historical sites were identified which are no longer inhabited by the species. The implications of this distributional study for the conservation of the species and for the realization of an updated atlas are discussed.