Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Chamaeleonidae

Scientific Name: Bradypodion dracomontanum
Species Authority: Raw, 1976
Common Name(s):
English Drakensberg Dwarf Chameleon

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-06-30
Assessor(s): Tolley, K.
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.
Bradypodion dracomontanum has been assessed as Least Concern as currently there are no declines in the population of this species. However, due to future threats of habitat loss and degradation monitoring of this species should take place to ensure that any future population declines are noted.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found in the central Drakensberg of KwaZulu-Natal and eastern Free State (Tolley and Burger 2007). It is primarily found between 1,500 and 2,500 m above sea level (Branch 1998). Its extent of occurrence has been estimated as 11,000 km², with an area of occupancy of 5,500 km² (K. Tolley pers. comm. 2010).
Countries occurrence:
South Africa (Free State, KwaZulu-Natal)
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1500
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2500
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is mostly found on bushes in the grasslands of the Drakensberg alpine zone. It is also known to occur in remaining patches of forest in the area (Tolley and Burger 2007).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat degradation and loss due to overgrazing is occurring within the range of this species. Montane grasslands are being converted to exotic timber plantations, but currently this only comprises of 5% of the total land area. However, it is an attractive economic alternative for private landowners and may become a greater threat in the future (Zunckel 2003).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is listed on CITES Appendix II. It is highly likely to occur in the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park (a World Heritage and Ramsar site) (UNEP-WCMC 2006). Further research into threats and population monitoring are required to assess the impact that habitat degradation and loss is having on this species due to its restricted range.

Citation: Tolley, K. 2010. Bradypodion dracomontanum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T176291A7210867. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.
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