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Lyciasalamandra billae (Luschan's salamander)

Wikipedia Abstract

The bay Lycian salamander, Lyciasalamandra billae, is a species of salamander in the Salamandridae family found only in Turkey. Its natural habitats are temperate forests and Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation.It is threatened by habitat loss.
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EDGE Analysis

Luschman’s salamander is part of an ancient lineage that diverged from their closest relatives around 200 million years ago, an incredible 135 million years before the extinction of the dinosaurs! It is unusual among the amphibians in that it bears live young, with two fully developed offspring being born after 5 to 8 months. The courtship is also bizarre, with males inserting a warty projection at the base of their tail into the female’s cloaca (reproductive opening) prior to the transfer of an external sperm packet. Restricted to a range the size of Manhattan Island, it is chiefly threatened by its small area of occurrence, making it vulnerable to ecological disasters and climate change.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 24.16
EDGE Score: 6
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Adult Length [1]  5 inches (13.9 cm)
Litters / Year [1]  1

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites

Name  Location   Map   Climate   Land Use 
Saricinar Daglari Turkey

Range Map

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Oliveira, Brunno Freire; São-Pedro, Vinícius Avelar; Santos-Barrera, Georgina; Penone, Caterina; C. Costa, Gabriel. (2017) AmphiBIO, a global database for amphibian ecological traits. Sci. Data.
AZE sites provided by Alliance for Zero Extinction (2010). 2010 AZE Update.
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