Salamandra corsica Savi, 1838

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Salamandridae > Subfamily: Salamandrinae > Genus: Salamandra > Species: Salamandra corsica

Salamandra corsica Savi, 1838, Nuovo Giorn. Lett., Pisa, 37: 208. Type(s): Not stated; possibly in the PUM according to Eiselt, 1958, Abh. Ber. Naturkd. Magdeburg, 10: 133; Type locality: "monti della Corsica", France; restricted by Mertens and Müller, 1928, Abh. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges., 41: 15 to "Lucardo-Gebirge, Korsika". Synonymy (with Salamandra maculosa) tentatively by Bonaparte, 1840, Icon. Faun. Ital., 2 (Introd.): Preface, unnumbered, and more definitely by Gray, 1850, Cat. Spec. Amph. Coll. Brit. Mus., Batr. Grad.: 17; (with Salamandra salamandra) by Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Grad. Batr. Apoda Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 3.

Salamandra moncherina Bonaparte, 1839, Iconograph. Fauna Ital., 2 (Fasc. 26): unnumbered, pl. Substitute name for Salamandra corsica Savi, 1838.

Salamandra maculosa var. corsicaBedriaga, 1883, Arch. Naturgesch., 49: 252. Strauch, 1870, Mem. Acad. Imp. Sci. St. Petersbourg, Ser. 7, 16 (4): 30; Bedriaga, 1897 "1896", Bull. Soc. Imp. Nat. Moscou, N.S.,, 10: 295; Schreiber, 1912, Herpetol. Eur., Ed. 2: 132; Nikolskii, 1918, Fauna Rossii, Zemnovodnye: 187.

Salamandra moncherianaSchreiber, 1912, Herpetol. Eur., Ed. 2: 128. Spelling error.

Salamandra salamandra corsicaNikolskii, 1918, Fauna Rossii, Zemnovodnye: 187.

Salamandra corsicaVeith, 1996, Amphibia-Reptilia, 17: 174-177.

Salamandra (Corsandra) atra atraDubois and Raffaëlli, 2009, Alytes, 26: 69.

Salamandra (Alpandra) corsica — Raffaëlli, 2020, Bull. Soc. Herpetol. France, 174: 11. 

English Names

Corsican Fire Salamander (Steward, 1969, Tailed Amph. Eur.: 39).

Corsican Salamander (Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 232).


Mountains of Corsica, France, 240 to 1890 m elevation.


See accounts by Delaguerre and Cheylan, 1992, Atlas Repart. Batr. Rept. Corse: 24–27. See extensive account by Mutz, 2003, in Grossenbacher and Thiesmeier (eds.), Handbuch Rept. Amph. Eur., 4(IIB): 1029–1046. See detailed account by Andreone, 2007, in Lanza et al. (eds.), Fauna d'Italia, 42 (Amph.): 211–215. Nöllert and Nöllert, 1992, Die Amph. Eur.: 179, provided a brief account and polygon map. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 205, provided a brief account, photograph, and map. Sparreboom, 2014, Salamanders Old World: 318–319, 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.: 63–67, provided a compact account and distribution map. See Dufresnes, 2019, Amph. Eur., N. Afr., & Middle East: 161, for brief summary of identifying morphology and biology, a range map, as well as a photograph. Escoriza and Hernandez, 2019, Ecol. Processes, 8(15): 1–11, discussed, modeled, and mapped the range. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 232–234, provided subspecies accounts, summarizing systematics, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map). 

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