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Preliminary data regarding the distribution and status of the herpetofauna in Iaşi County (Romania)

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Author(s): Alexandru STRUGARIU | Ştefan R. ZAMFIRESCU | Andreea NICOARĂ | Iulian GHERGHEL | Istvan SAS | Cristina M. PUŞCAŞU | Teodor BUGEAC

Journal: North-Western Journal of Zoology
ISSN 1584-9074

Volume: 4;
Issue: Supplement 1;
Start page: S1;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: amphibians | reptiles | geographical distribution | Vipera ursinii | Salamandra salamandra

ABSTRACT
This paper presents the results of a study conducted in Iaşi County, Romania, an area for which data regarding the distribution of the herpetofauna has previously remained incomplete. Thirteen species of amphibians (Salamandra salamandra, Lissotriton vulgaris, Triturus cristatus, Pelobates fuscus, Hyla arborea, Bombina bombina, Bombina variegata, Bufo bufo, Bufo viridis, Pelophylax ridibundus, Pelophylax lessonae, Rana dalmatina and Rana temporaria), nine reptile species (Emys orbicularis, Anguis fragilis, Lacerta agilis, Lacerta viridis, Natrix natrix, Coronella austriaca, Zamenis longissimus, Vipera berus and Vipera ursinii)and hybrids between B. bombina and B. variegata and between P. ridibundus and P. lessonae (Pelophylax kl. esculentus) were recorded in the 62 investigated localities in Iaşi County. Salamandra salamandra is recorded for the first time in the area, east of the Siret river, being situated at its eastern distribution limit for Europe. Among the most important results of our study is the identification of a new locality for one of the rarest European reptiles, Vipera ursinii. One amphibian (Lissotriton montandoni) and one reptile (Elaphe sauromates) have previously been recorded in our study area but we were unable to reconfirm their presence.
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