Emys orbicularis: An Endangered Species in Spain – Enrique Ayllon


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  1. Joel Mota on September 3, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Hello Enrique,

    1. Do populations in the Iberian Peninsula have specific protections on the animal or the associated habitat, since it has been proposed to be categorized as Vulnerable in the National catalog of Threatened Species?

    2. It is mentioned that you have coordinated a group of experts to assess the conservation status of the species, is this happening collaboratively with Portugal and Andorra? What kind of conservation assessment is being done, population monitoring, habitat suitability modeling, habitat restoration?

    Joel Mota

  2. Cesar Ayres on September 3, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    Ola Joel,

    1. E.orbicularis has specific protection in some regions of Spain. For example, in Galicia is listed as EN in the regional red list. But there´s no National Action plan for the species. If E.orbicularis becomes listed as VU in the National Red List, it should be managed globally.
    2. Not yet. A Life project (LIFE Trachemys) made some actions in Spanish and Portuguese areas with turtle populations. But problems are common and along the border the species should be protected by both countries. There are regional programs for population monitoring, habitat restoration and alien turtle eradication. But as I´ve said previously it would be better if we can have a National strategy for the species.

    Hope that I´ve answered your questions,


    • Joel Mota on September 4, 2020 at 11:52 am


      Yes this answers my questions. Thank you!

      I am very interested in the conservation/wildlife management work being done with Emys orbicularis on the Iberian Peninsula, would you be able to point me to more information about it?


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