The Invisible Victims of the Marmaris Fires: Salamanders

In the giant fire that broke out in Marmaris in 2021 and spread to eight districts of Muğla, approximately 60 thousand hectares of forest area was damaged. In an article recently published in the science journal Nature, the global trend of decline in the number of amphibians due to threats to them is evaluated. Accordingly, the biggest sources of risk for amphibians, which are divided into three groups: frogs, footless and salamanders, are habitat loss and climate crisis. When "salamander" is searched in IUCN's "Red List", 26. 5 per cent of the 716 salamander species listed are categorised as "non-endangered" (LC), 9.1 per cent (65) as "near threatened" (NT), 15.6 per cent (112) as "vulnerable" (VU), 23.7 per cent (170) as "endangered" (EN), 17.9 per cent (128) as "highly endangered" (CR) and 0.4 per cent (0.4) as "extinct" (EX). There is insufficient data for 48 species, corresponding to 6.7 per cent of the animals. (DD)


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