Tuesday, November 13, 2012

[Herpetology • 2012] Lyciasalamandra arikani & Lyciasalamandra yehudahi • two new Lycian salamanders (Amphibia: Salamandridae) from Southwestern Anatolia

Two new species of Lycian salamanders, Lyciasalamandra arikani n. sp. and  L. yehudahi n.sp. are described and their relationships with similar and neighbouring taxa are discussed.  Both taxa originate from areas new for the genus, with the former from around Erentepe Mt. (Kumluca, Antalya) and the latter from Tahtalı Mt. (Kemer, Antalya) in the southern parts of Beydağları Mountain range in southwestern Anatolia. Some information about their habitats and behaviour are reported.

Key words: Lycian salamanders, Lyciasalamandra arikani n.sp., Lyciasalamandra yehudahi n.sp., serology, taxonomy, Turkey. 

Lyciasalamandra arikani

Lyciasalamandra yehudahi

Lyciasalamandra yehudahi a pair displaying defensive behaviours in body-arched posture. 

B. Göçmen & B. Akman, 2012. Lyciasalamandra arikani n. sp. & L. yehudahi n. sp. (Amphibia: Salamandridae), two new Lycian salamanders from Southwestern Anatolia. North-western Journal of Zoology Romania. 8 (1): 181-194.