Iberolacerta galani 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Lacertidae

Scientific Name: Iberolacerta galani Arribas, Carranza and Odierna, 2006
Taxonomic Notes: Formerly included within Iberolacerta monticola, but recognized to be distinct by Arribas, Carranza and Odierna (2006).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2008-12-14
Assessor(s): Oscar Arribas
Reviewer(s): Cox, N. and Temple, H.J. (Global Reptile Assessment)
Listed as Near Threatened, because although the species is abundant within its small range, and may not be declining (more details are needed on the severity of threats), its extent of occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, thus making the species close to qualifying for Endangered.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to the Montes de León (Spain): Sierra Segundera, Sierra de la Cabrera, Sierra del Eje or Peña Trevinca and Sierra del Teleno between the provinces of León, Zamora and Orense, where it can be found from 1,000 to 2,000m asl, but probably also occurs at higher altitudes.
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Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1000
Upper elevation limit (metres):2000
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Population [top]

Population:In general it is abundant within its restricted range. It seems to be very abundant in the Sanabria area (Sª Segundera and de la Cabrera Baja), fairly abundant in Sierra del Teleno and is perhaps rarer in the Trevinca Massif (Arribas and Caranza, 2007).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It occurs in rocky habitats above the tree line in oro-Mediterranean climatic zones. Animals are very abundant close to glacial lakes and talus tracks crossing shrubland in subalpine areas. It is an egg-laying species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Populations in the vicinity of Teleno are potentially threatened by the development of tourism, including the possible reopening of the Morredero Sky-resort (Teleno Massif, León) or of the Fonte da Cova Sky-Resort (Trevinca Massif, Leon) (Arribas and Carranza 2007). The species is also possibly threatened by disturbance of its talus habitat during cyclist tours (Vuelta Ciclista a España and Vuelta a León) which finish at the Morredero Sky-resort and attract a large number of supporters. The populations in lower parts of the species range are also likely to be impacted by ongoing slate quarrying and similar mining operations within the area (Arribas and Carranza 2007).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is listed on Annex II of the Bern Convention (as part of I. monticola). It occurs in the Lake of Sanabria Natural Park. Further general research is needed for this newly described species as a whole.

Citation: Oscar Arribas. 2009. Iberolacerta galani. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T157271A5066930. . Downloaded on 22 September 2018.
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