Ablepharus bivittatus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Scincidae

Scientific Name: Ablepharus bivittatus
Species Authority: (Menetries, 1832)
Common Name(s):
English Two-streaked Snake-eyed Skink, Twin-striped Skink
Scincus bivittatus Menetries, 1832

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2008-12-14
Assessor(s): Tuniyev, B., Ananjeva, N.B., Agasyan, A., Orlov, N.L., Tuniyev, S. & Anderson, S.
Reviewer(s): Cox, N.A. & Temple, H.J.
Listed as Least Concern as although it is naturally rare it has a wide distribution, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is present in central and south-eastern Armenia, south-eastern and south-western Azerbaijan, Turkey (Vilayet Van), northern and western Iran (and the Zagros Mountains) and southern Turkmenistan (Kopet Dagh only) (Baran and Atatur, 1998; Anderson, 1999). It is known from between 2,000 (Turkey) and 3,600m (Iran) asl.
Countries occurrence:
Armenia (Armenia); Azerbaijan; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Turkey; Turkmenistan
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):2000
Upper elevation limit (metres):3600
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Population [top]

Population:This species is found at very low densities in fragmented populations. In Transcaucasia it is found as relatively stable, low density, populations.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is found in areas with loose rocky slopes, steppe grassland and open thorny shrubland (Baran and Atatur, 1998; Anderson, 1999). Animals hide amongst shrubs when disturbed. Populations can be found in flat area of semi-desert with sparse vegetation. In Transcaucasia it is associated with Astragalus vegetation. Females lay clutches of four to five eggs.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is a habitat specialist that is threatened by habitat loss and degradation due to agricultural conversion, grazing and expanding human populations.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known if the species is present in any protected areas. There is a need to maintain areas of suitable habitat for this species.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: This errata version of the 2008 assessment was created to correct the Assessor names (and hence the assessment citation) and Reviewer names.

Citation: Tuniyev, B., Ananjeva, N.B., Agasyan, A., Orlov, N.L., Tuniyev, S. & Anderson, S. 2009. Ablepharus bivittatus. (errata version published in 2017) The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T164607A114559149. . Downloaded on 19 August 2017.
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