The Luristan newt is a highly attractive species and its striking colouration is thought to be a warning to potential predators of its toxicity. This species spends the breeding season in spring-fed streams, and hibernates during the winter in surrounding arid shrubland under stones. Prior to mating, mates perform an elaborate courtship display for females, and the pair does not touch during mating, with sperm transfer occurring when the male deposits a sperm packet for the female to retrieve. They are extremely sensitive to environmental change because they live in arid, marginal conditions. This species is chiefly threatened by habitat loss, drought and over-collection for an expanding international pet trade.
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ED Score: 17.57
EDGE Score: 5.69