Pleurodeles

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Pleurodeles
Pleurodeles waltl BUD.jpg
Iberian ribbed newt (Pleurodeles waltl)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Urodela
Family: Salamandridae
Subfamily: Pleurodelinae
Genus: Pleurodeles
Michahelles, 1830
Species

Pleurodeles nebulosus
Pleurodeles poireti
Pleurodeles waltl

Pleurodeles is a genus of three species, the ribbed newts:[1]

The Iberian ribbed newt is the most common of the species, and the most frequently used as a model organism by scientists. However, its numbers in the wild are declining, and in 2006 it became a near threatened species. The other two species are in fact threatened, with P. nebulosus considered vulnerable to extinction and P. poireti classified as an endangered species.[2] The numbers of all three species are declining in the wild. Livestock agriculture is an ongoing major cause of habitat loss and degradation, and of water pollution, for all three species.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2014). "Pleurodeles Michahelles, 1830". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  2. ^ IUCN (2014). "IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>". Retrieved 22 February 2014.