Summary: A new finding of Salamandra lanzai in the Upper Sangone
Valley (NW Italy) marks the species' most disjunct population
(Amphibia: Urodela: Salamandridae)
Giulia Tessa1, Angelica Crottini1, 2, Franco Andreone1
1Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, Via G. Giolitti 36, I-10123 Torino, Italy. Corresponding author.
2Università degli Studi di Milano, Dipartimento di Biologia, Sezione di Zoologia e Citologia, Via Celo-
ria 26, I-20133 Milano, Italy
Abstract. The presence of Salamandra lanzai was confirmed for the Upper Sangone
Valley (Turin Province, NW Italy), within the Parco Naturale Orsiera Rocciavré. The
species attribution was further supported by morphological and genetic (16S) analysis
and represents the north-eastern most limit of the species' distribution. This salaman-
der was so far known only for a few major alpine valleys of Italy (Po, Pellice, and Ger-
manasca Valleys), and France (Guil Valley). The new finding is especially interesting
since it is separated from its closest known locality by about 15 km. For such a reason
this population needs to be carefully managed.
Keywords. Salamandra lanzai, new finding, Sangone Valley, Cottian Alps, NW Italy.
Salamandra lanzai is a peculiar alpine urodele: recognised as a distinct species in
1988, it soon became the subject of intensive research activity (e.g., Ribéron et al., 1996;
Andreone and Sindaco, 1999) aimed at unveiling its life history requirements and distri-