The Wandering Salamander (Aneides vagrans) is a lungless terrestrial salamander of the family Plethodontidae. It requires moist microhabitats primarily in forested environments, and uses large-diameter logs for refuges and breeding sites. The Canadian distribution of this terrestrial salamander is restricted mainly to low-elevation forests on Vancouver Island and adjacent small offshore islands in southwestern British Columbia. In 2014, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada designated the Wandering Salamander as of Special Concern because of declining habitat availability and its restricted range. The overall threat impact for this species is high. Threats include logging, residential development, roads, severe droughts predicted under climate change, and tsunami events. Emerging diseases and herbicides used in forestry have no known effects on the species but impacts cannot be completely ruled out without further study. Low reproductive rate, poor dispersal ability, and specific habitat requirements contribute to the vulnerability of the species. In British Columbia, the Wandering Salamander is ranked S3S4 (Special Concern to apparently secure) by the B.C. Conservation Data Centre (2016) and it is on the provincial Blue list. The B.C. Conservation Framework ranks the Wandering Salamander as a priority 2 under goal 2 (prevent species and ecosystems from becoming at risk). It is protected from capture, killing, and harassment under the B.C. Wildlife Act.
The management goal for the Wandering Salamander is to maintain a stable or increasing population across the species? distribution in British Columbia.
The following are the management objectives:
1. to ensure habitat is protected1 within Crown lands and private lands;
2. to assess and quantify threats for this species, develop mitigation measures, and assess the effectiveness of this mitigation;
3. to clarify patterns of abundance, connectivity, and population and distribution trends across the species? British Columbia range; and
4. to clarify the species? distribution, particularly the knowledge gaps about how patchy their distribution is, and the extent to which the species uses upper canopy habitats in British Columbia.
B.C. Ministry of Environment, B. Beasley. 2017. Management Plan for the Wandering Salamander (Aneides vagrans) in British Columbia. Province of B.C.. Management Plan (Species at Risk)
Topic: Recovery Planning
Keywords: COSEWIC, IUCN
Scientific Name: Aneides vagrans
English Name: Wandering Salamander
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