Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Reptilia > Order: Squamata > Family: Viperidae > Genus: Vipera > Species: Vipera ursinii > See subspecies
Scientific name Source
Vipera ursinii moldavica Nilson, Andrén & Joger 1993
Vipera ursinii rakosiensis Méhely, 1893
Vipera ursinii (except Vipera ursinii rakosiensis)
Vipera ursinii anatolica Eiselt & Baran, 1970 Peter Uetz and JCVI
Vipera ursinii graeca Nilson& Andrén 1988 Peter Uetz and JCVI
Vipera ursinii macrops (Méhely, 1911) Peter Uetz and JCVI
Vipera ursinii ursinii (Bonaparte, 1835) Peter Uetz and JCVI
Vipera ursinii wettsteini Knöpfler & Sochurek, 1955 Peter Uetz and JCVI

Meadow viper - Vipera ursinii (Bonaparte, 1835)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Vulnerable (IUCN)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Alpine - Unfavourable-Bad
Black Sea - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Continental - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Mediterranean - Unfavourable-Bad
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 4 other international agreements
Natura 2000 sites 46 are designated for this species
Most preferred habitats
  • grassland
May also occur in
  • heathland and shrub
  • sparsely vegetated land
Natura 2000 species code 1298

Distribution

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Vulnerable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Endangered
Extinct
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

Conservation status assesses every six years and for each biogeographical region the condition of habitats and species compared to the favourable status as described in the Habitats Directive. The map shows the 2007-2012 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
FR9301530 France Cheval Blanc - Montagne de Boules - Barre des Dourbes Map
FR9301535 France Montagne de Val-Haut - Clues de Barles - Clues de Verdaches Map
FR9301547 France Grand Coyer Map
GR1310002 Greece VALIA KALNTA KAI TECHNITI LIMNI AOOU Map
GR2130007 Greece OROS LAKMOS (PERISTERI) Map
IT5210071 Italy Monti Sibillini (versante umbro) Map
IT5330004 Italy Monte Bove Map
IT5340014 Italy Monte Vettore e Valle del lago di Pilato Map
IT5340019 Italy Valle dell'Ambro Map
IT5340020 Italy Valle dell'Infernaccio - Monte Sibilla Map
IT6020005 Italy Monti Reatini Map
IT6020025 Italy Monti della Laga (Area Sommitale) Map
IT6020046 Italy Riserva naturale Montagne della Duchessa Map
IT6050017 Italy Pendici di Colle Nero Map
IT7110128 Italy Parco Nazionale Gran Sasso - Monti della Laga Map
IT7110130 Italy Sirente Velino Map
IT7110202 Italy Gran Sasso Map
IT7110205 Italy Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo Map
IT7120132 Italy Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise ed aree limitrofe Map
IT7120201 Italy Monti della Laga e Lago di Campotosto Map
IT7130031 Italy Fonte di Papa Map
IT7140129 Italy Parco Nazionale della Maiella Map
ROSCI0058 Romania Dealul lui Dumnezeu Map
ROSCI0171 Romania Pădurea şi pajiştile de la Mârzeşti Map
GR2440004 Greece ETHNIKOS DRYMOS OITIS Map
FR9301540 France Gorges de Trévans - Montdenier - Mourre de Chanier Map
IT7110206 Italy Monte Sirente e Monte Velino Map
FR9301574 France Gorges de la Siagne Map
GR1440002 Greece KERKETIO OROS (KOZIAKAS) Map
IT6020020 Italy Monti della Duchessa (area sommitale) Map
GR2130001 Greece ETHNIKOS DRYMOS VIKOU - AOOU Map
GR2450001 Greece ORI VARDOUSIA Map
ROSCI0265 Romania Valea lui David Map
GR1310003 Greece ETHNIKOS DRYMOS PINDOU (VALIA KALNTA) - EVRYTERI PERIOCHI Map
GR2130006 Greece PERIOCHI METSOVOU (ANILIO - KATARA) Map
IT6020007 Italy Gruppo Monte Terminillo Map
FR9301537 France Montagne de Lure Map
FR9301545 France Venterol - Piégut - Grand Vallon Map
FR9301617 France Montagne de Malay Map
ROSCI0065 Romania Delta Dunării Map
FR9301580 France Mont Ventoux Map
FR9301570 France Préalpes de Grasse Map
GR2110002 Greece ORI ATHAMANON (NERAIDA) Map
GR2430001 Greece OROS TYMFRISTOS (VELOUCHI) Map
GR2130013 Greece EVRYTERI PERIOCHI ATHAMANIKON OREON Map
GR2450008 Greece OROS VARDOUSIA Map

Protected sites

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Legal status

Legal text Annex Conditions More information
Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora - consolidated version 01/01/2007 (EU Habitats Directive) http://ec.europa.eu/environm...rective/index_en.htm
Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats (Bern Convention) http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/cul.../bern/default_en.asp
https://wcd.coe.int/ViewDoc....ckColorLogged=FDC864

Resolution No. 6 (1998) of the Bern Convention lists the species requiring specific habitat conservation measures [and the designation of Areas of Special Conservation Interest (ASCIs) forming for the Emerald network]
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) http://www.cites.org/eng
Commission regulation (EU) No 1320/2014, of 1 December 2014, amending Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein (EU regulation of trade of fauna and flora) http://ec.europa.eu/environm...s/legislation_en.htm

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Eng hugorm Danish EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Meadow viper English Gasc J.P. and al.
Orsini's Viper English EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Orsinis hugorm Danish EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Spitssnuitadder Dutch EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Víbora de los Orsini Spanish EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Vipera dell'Orsini Italian EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Vipère d'Orsini French Gasc J.P. and al.
Wiesenotter German Gasc J.P. and al.
Synonym Author
Pelias ursini Bonaparte, 1835

Other resources

Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF search Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Habitats Directive Art. 17-2006 summary
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Species+ Species+ by UNEP-WCMC
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

Summary of derogations for species

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Region From Until Justification Activity Impact
Marche 2014-01-01 2014-10-31 40 individuals in the period 2013-2014 Capture No evidence of a significant impact
Marche 2013-07-15 2013-12-31 40 individuals in the period 2013-2014 Capture No evidence of a significant impact
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