Distribution and current status of herpetofauna in the Gediz Delta (Western Anatolia, Turkey)

Dilara Arslan, Anthony Oliver, Çağdaş Yaşar, İlhan Bayryam Ismail, Ömer Döndüren, Lisa Ernoul, Nicolas Beck, Kerim Çiçek

Abstract


In this study, we implemented an inventory of amphibians and reptiles between 2013 and 2016 in the Gediz Delta (İzmir, Turkey). The field results were then combined with existing records. According to the data obtained, a total of 35 herptile species, comprising 7 amphibians (2 urodeles, 5 anurans) and 28 reptiles (6 chelonians, 10 lizards and 12 snakes) live in the region. Five species (Lissotriton vulgaris, Triturus ivanbureschi, Heremites auratus, Platyceps collaris and Telecopus fallax) were recorded for the first time in the Gediz Delta during the study. A chorotype classification and potential threats of the species are also discussed.


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