Diplometopon zarudnyi 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Trogonophidae

Scientific Name: Diplometopon zarudnyi Nikolsky, 1907
Common Name(s):
English Zarudnyi's Worm Lizard

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-02-09
Assessor(s): Behbehani, S.J.Y., Els, J., Soorae, P., Al Johany, A.M.H. & Papenfuss, T.
Reviewer(s): Cox, N.A. & Bowles, P.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Cox, N.A.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, 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 ranges from western Iran (a limited small dune area), southern Iraq and Kuwait, into the Arabian Peninsula where it is found in northern and central Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. It is found from sea level to around 1,000 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Iran, Islamic Republic of; Iraq; Kuwait; Oman; Saudi Arabia; United Arab Emirates
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1000
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Population [top]

Population:It appears to be a locally abundant species.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Animals can be found burrowing in loose soil and sand. It can be found in modified areas, including vegetable growing areas and date plantations (T. Papenfuss pers. comm. September 2008). It can be found under ground cover.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: It has been collected for the international pet trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species as a whole.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is presumably present in several protected areas in parts of its wide range. Further research is needed into the ecology and reproductive behavior of this species.

Citation: Behbehani, S.J.Y., Els, J., Soorae, P., Al Johany, A.M.H. & Papenfuss, T. 2012. Diplometopon zarudnyi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T164643A1063445. . Downloaded on 23 June 2018.
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