Vol. 17 No. 2 (2022)
Articles

Species diversity and distribution of amphibians and reptiles in Sardinia, Italy

Claudia Corti
Museo di Storia Naturale dell’Università di Firenze, Museo “La Specola”, Via Romana, 17, 50125 Firenze
Marta Biaggini
Museo di Storia Naturale dell’Università di Firenze, Museo “La Specola”, Via Romana, 17, 50125 Firenze
Valeria Nulchis
Sezione Sardegna della Societas Herpetologica Italica “tilighelta” (shisardegna.it)
Roberto Cogoni
Sezione Sardegna della Societas Herpetologica Italica “tilighelta” (shisardegna.it)
Ilaria Maria Cossu
Sezione Sardegna della Societas Herpetologica Italica “tilighelta” (shisardegna.it)
Salvatore Frau
Viale Lungomare156, Loc. Cala Liberotto, 08028 Orosei, Nuoro
Manuela Mulargia
Sezione Sardegna della Societas Herpetologica Italica “tilighelta” (shisardegna.it)
Enrico Lunghi
Sezione Sardegna della Societas Herpetologica Italica “tilighelta” (shisardegna.it)
Lara Bassu
Sezione Sardegna della Societas Herpetologica Italica “tilighelta” (shisardegna.it)
Published October 20, 2022
Keywords
  • Sardinia,
  • amphibians,
  • reptiles,
  • islands,
  • endemics,
  • micro-insular herpetofauna,
  • distribution maps
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How to Cite
Corti, C., Biaggini, M., Nulchis, V., Cogoni, R., Cossu, I. M., Frau, S., Mulargia, M., Lunghi, E., & Bassu, L. (2022). Species diversity and distribution of amphibians and reptiles in Sardinia, Italy. Acta Herpetologica, 17(2), 125-133. https://doi.org/10.36253/a_h-13627

Abstract

Although distribution databases are a dynamic tool, continuously updated, it is important to take “snapshots” of the species distribution over time to promptly identify potential conservation issues. With this work, we provide an update of the distribution of amphibians and reptiles in Sardinia and satellite islands. Data derive from both direct field observations (carried out since 2005 until July 2022) and literature, accounting for over 7000 records: 1416 records of 11 species of amphibians and 5600 records of 18 species of reptiles. Distribution maps (on 10 × 10 km UTM grid) of 29 species are provided in supplementary materials as well as the updated list of the amphibians and reptiles occurring in the circum-Sardinian islands. Most of the meshes were characterized by the presence of 1-3 amphibian species (73%) and 6-8 or 9-11 reptile species (32% with 6-8 species, 30% with 9-11 species). Species abundance was favoured by environmental heterogeneity, and mostly varied in relation to elevation range and edge density.

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