Neurergus kaiseri

Lorestan Newt






FROGLOG. Newsletter of the IUCN /SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG), Page 3


Gloomy future of an Iranian newt; Neurergus kaiseri


By Farhang Torki


Based on a recent study (Torki, in press), two Iranian newts (Neurergus kaiseri and N.

microspilotus) have shown unusually high longevity for salamanders. Unfortunately, they are receiving little conservation attention from local people as many specimens are caught for a feast held each year. In addition, many are captured for pets and die in captivity due to lack of proper care. As a result, the population density of N. kaiseri in the wild has decreased and become scattered. This is very dangerous for the continuity of the species as it is distributed in only one type of locality. This is not necessarily true for N. microspilotus, as it is distributed over several localities and research shows that healthy populations still remain. Although a government conservation programme does exist, it has not been successful because it lacks stability and continuity. It is my opinion that unless the government and local communities work to conserve both of these species, then N. kaiseri will become extinct in the near future with N. microspilotus possibly following close behind.



Torki, F. In Press. Life-History in the male genus Neurergus (Caudata; Salamandridae) in Iran. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.


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