Ichthyosaura alpestris found in Finland

Ichthyosaura alpestris found in Finland

Scientific name: Ichthyosaura alpestris (Forster, 1771)

Common name: Alpine Newt (UK), Bjergsalamander (DK), Bergmolch or Alpenmolch (DE)

Synonyms: Triturus alpestris, Triton alpestris and Mesotriton alpestris

Group:  Reptilia & amphibia

Family: Salamandridae

Natural  range: Albania; Austria; Belgium; Bosnia  and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Czech Republic; Denmark; France; Germany;  Greece; Hungary; Italy; Liechtenstein; Luxembourg; Macedonia, the former  Yugoslav Republic of; Montenegro; Netherlands; Poland; Romania; Serbia (Serbia);  Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Switzerland; Ukraine

This species is found throughout much of Europe, ranging from  the French Atlantic coastline north to Denmark and eastwards to the Ukrainian  Carpathians, Romania, and Bulgaria. It is widely distributed in the Balkans.  Isolated populations are present in southern Italy and northern Spain (not  present in Portugal).

The species is considered to be rare in Hungary and Bulgaria;  threatened in Austria and Denmark; vulnerable in Spain (M.a.  cyreni) and endangered in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and  Greece (http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/59472/0)

Introduced range: To UK and in the Sierra de  Guadarrama (Madrid Province, central Spain). The species was introduced to  southern England in the 1930s and several populations have become established.

Habitat: Most types of still or slow-flowing  freshwater bodies

Impact: The species is known to be a vector of chytridiomycosis which can be a threat to  native amphibians. 

More information:

Reported by: Harry Helmisaari,  Ylitarkastaja, CITES-lupa-asiat Suomen ympäristökeskus (SYKE), LK/LBD (Luontoympäristökeskus  Biodiversiteettiyksikkö) PL 140, 00251 Helsinki. Puh. 040 740 1612, Telefax (09)  5490 2791, S-posti: Harry.Helmisaari@ymparisto.fi, CITES kotisivu: http://www.ymparisto.fi/cites

Photo from: http://www.gelsenwasser.de/index.php?id=143&detail=52