Pristurus rupestris 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Sphaerodactylidae

Scientific Name: Pristurus rupestris Blanford, 1874
Common Name(s):
English Blandford's Semaphore Gecko, Dwarf Rock Gecko, Persia Rock Gecko

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-06-30
Assessor(s): Mousa Disi, A.M., Papenfuss, T., Shafiei Bafti, S., Sharifi, M. & Vogrin, M.
Reviewer(s): Cox, N., Temple, H.J. (Global Reptile Assessment Coordinating Team) & Böhm, M., Collen, B., Ram, M. (Sampled Red List Index Coordinating Team)
Contributor(s): De Silva, R., Milligan, H.T., Wearn, O.R., Wren, S., Zamin, T., Sears, J., Wilson, P., Lewis, S., Lintott, P. & Powney, G.
Pristurus rupestris is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, lack of threats. Its population is not in decline and hence it does qualify for listing in a threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is found in southwestern Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iran and possibly Pakistan. It also occurs in Africa where it is found in Djibouti, Eritrea (including islands in the Dahlak Archipelago), Ethiopia and Somalia. It may have been accidentally introduced in parts of its range (T. Papenfuss pers. comm. September 2008). It can be found from sea level up to 3,000 m above sea level.
Countries occurrence:
Djibouti; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Jordan; Oman; Saudi Arabia; Somalia; United Arab Emirates
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):3000
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Population [top]

Population:This is a very common species throughout its range.
Current Population Trend:Increasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species occurs in rocky formations within flat, hard, sandy desert and gravelly plains (dry wadis). It also occurs in open, dry woodland and shrubland. It can be found under stones, on the walls of abandoned buildings, on beaches and among rocks. It is an egg-laying species.

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: In Jordan it is present in Wadi Rum Reserve. No direct conservation measures are currently needed for this species as a whole.

Citation: Mousa Disi, A.M., Papenfuss, T., Shafiei Bafti, S., Sharifi, M. & Vogrin, M. 2010. Pristurus rupestris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T164688A5917749. . Downloaded on 18 June 2018.
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