October 18 2017

12:00 LSB 2320

Ugur Kaya
Zoology Department
Ege University, Turkey

Conservation and current status of Turkish Amphibians Conservation and current status of Turkish Amphibians


Turkey is home to 29 native species of amphibians, including 14 salamanders and 15 frogs, of which eight species of salamanders and two species of frogs are endemic (Baran & Atatür, 1998; IUCN, 2017). Of the 29 native species of anuran and urodeles in Turkey, 11 were assessed as threatened (13.3% anuran and 64.2% salamanders). Remaining amphibians were assessed by the IUCN as either Near Threatened (NT) or Least Concern (LC). There are a number of threats to Turkish amphibians, the most significant of which fall into three main categories: 1- Habitat loss, caused by destruction of forest through commercial harvest and forest fires, construction of roads, summer homes and dams, loss of breeding sites through pollution, drought, and drainage. 2- Introduction of predatory fishes. 3- Over collection of specimens for scientific purposes, pet trade and for the food trade. Of these threats, the third, uncontrolled overharvesting of several species for scientific purposes has actually increased over the last decade. Despite national and international laws and guidelines regarding allowable research and scientific collecting of threatened species, such scientific collecting is unfortunately ongoing and appears to be impacting several species negatively.















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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