Speleomantes sarrabusensis Lanza, Leo, Forti, Cimmaruta, Caputo, and Nascetti, 2001

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Plethodontinae > Genus: Speleomantes > Species: Speleomantes sarrabusensis

Speleomantes imperialis sarrabusensis Lanza, Leo, Forti, Cimmaruta, Caputo, and Nascetti, 2001, Pianura, 13: 83–84. Holotype: MZUF 25532, by original designation. Type locality: "Sotto pietre ai piedi della collino Bruncu de su Crabu, 240–260 m s.l.m, 39° 15′ 20″ N–03° 20′ 50″ W (Roma; 09° 20′ 54″ E Greenwich) (Sardegna SE Sàrrabus, gruppo del Monte dei Sette Fratelli, provincia di Cagliari, comune di Quartuccio), sotto una pietra in area granitica con zone erbose e bassa macchia mediterrana".

Speleomantes sarrabusensisVieites, Min, and Wake, 2007, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 104: 19903–19907, by implication.

Hydromantes (Speleomantes) sarrabusensisCarranza, Romano, Arnold, and Sotgiu, 2008, J. Biogeograph., 35: 735; van der Meijden, Chiari, Mucedda, Carranza, Corti, and Veith, 2009, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 51: 401.

Speleomantes (Speleomantes) sarrabusensisDubois and Raffaëlli, 2012, Alytes, 28: 77–161.

English Names

Sette Fratelli Cave Salamander (Speybroeck, Beukema, Bok, and Van Der Voort, 2016, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Brit. Eur.: 108). 

Sarrabus Cave Salamander (Sparreboom, 2014, Salamanders Old World: 160).


Known only from Sarrabus, Cagliari Province, in the Sette Fratelli Mountains range in eastern Sardinia, Italy, 200 to 850 m elevation.


See comment under Speleomantes imperialis. Speybroeck, Beukema, and Crochet, 2010, Zootaxa, 2492: 5–6, why they consider recognition of this taxon premature. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 441, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Chiari, van der Meijden, Mucedda, Lourenço, Hochkirch, and Veith, 2012, PLoS One, 7(3: e32332): 1–15, reported on biogeography. Sparreboom, 2014, Salamanders Old World: 160–162, reviewed the biology, characteristics, distribution, reproduction, and conservation of the species. Speybroeck, Beukema, Bok, and Van Der Voort, 2016, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Brit. Eur.: 108–109, provided a brief account and distribution map. See Dufresnes, 2019, Amph. Eur., N. Afr., & Middle East: 186, for brief summary of identifying morphology and biology, a range map, as well as a photograph.   

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