Eunectes beniensis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Boidae

Scientific Name: Eunectes beniensis
Species Authority: Dirksen, 2002

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-06-30
Assessor(s): Embert, D.
Reviewer(s): 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.
Eunectes beniensis has been assessed as Least Concern, due to its estimated extent of occurrence of more than 200,000 km². The area of South America in which this species occurs is sparsely populated and relatively untouched and underdeveloped. However, some threats to this species exist as it is hunted for its skin and sometimes persecuted. The establishment of protected areas would provide refuges for this species from hunting pressures.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from the northeastern states of Beni and Pando in Bolivia, but its distribution in adjacent Brazil is more than probable (D. Embert pers. comm. 2010).
Countries occurrence:
Bolivia, Plurinational States of
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Population [top]

Population:There are no population data available for this species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is likely to inhabit wetlands and lowland moist forests.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is used for its skin and as meat tan fat (Cortez et al. 2009). It may also be confused with Eunectes notaeus, which is also harvested, and this may affect this species (D. Embert pers. comm.)

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is collected for its skin and its use as meat tan fat (Cortez et al. 2009). It is also occasionally killed because it feeds on small livestock such as chickens, as well as on dogs and cats (Cortez et al. 2009). This species occurs in an area of South America which is sparsely populated and relatively untouched and underdeveloped, suggesting that no further threats are affecting this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for this species. Most of the distribution of this species is in good conservation status (D. Embert pers. comm.). Conservation of wetland areas, such as the Natural Reserve “Lakes of Rogaguado” in Beni Department, has been proposed (Cortez et al. 2009).

Citation: Embert, D. 2010. Eunectes beniensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T174126A7019771. . Downloaded on 28 October 2016.
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