Amphibians of the Simbruini Mountains (Latium, Central Italy)

Pierangelo Crucitti, Davide Brocchieri, Federica Emiliani, Marcello Malori, Sebana Pernice, Luca Tringali, Carlo Welby

Abstract


Little attention has been paid to the herpetological fauna of the Simbruini Mountains Regional Park, Latium (Central Italy). In this study, we surveyed 50 sites in the course of about ten years of field research, especially during the period 2005-2008. Nine amphibian species, four Caudata and five Anura, 60.0% out of the 15 amphibian species so far observed in Latium, were discovered in the protected area: Salamandra salamandra, Salamandrina perspicillata, Lissotriton vulgaris, Triturus carnifex, Bombina pachypus, Bufo balearicus, Bufo bufo, Rana dalmatina, Rana italica. Physiography of sites has been detailed together with potential threatening patterns. For each species the following topics have been discussed; ecology of sites, altitudinal distribution, phenology, sintopy. Salamandra salamandra and Bombina pachypus are at higher risk. The importance of the maintenance of artificial/natural water bodies for the conservation management of amphibian population of this territory is discussed.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13128/Acta_Herpetol-8537




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