Pseudalsophis elegans 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Dipsadidae

Scientific Name: Pseudalsophis elegans (Tschudi, 1845)
Alsophis elegans (Tschudi, 1845)
Dryophylax elegans (Tschudi, 1845)
Dryophylax freminvillei Duméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854
Lygophis elegans Tschudi, 1845
Philodryas elegans (Tschudi, 1845)
Philodryas freminvillei (Duméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854)
Tachymenis surinamensis Dunn, 1922
Taxonomic Notes: This species has two subspecies:

Pseudalsophis e. elegans (Tschudi, 1845)
P. e. rufidorsatus Günther, 1858.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2015-05-29
Assessor(s): Richman, N., Böhm, M. & Sallabery, N.
Reviewer(s): Bowles, P.
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. & Hanson, S.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): NatureServe
Pseudalsophis elegans has been assessed as Least Concern due to its large distribution. While this species is undergoing localized habitat loss and degradation in some parts of its range, at present this loss is unlikely to be causing significant declines to the global population.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is distributed in the western Andes along the dry Pacific coast from Ecuador to Chile (Myers and Hoogmoed 1974). Its elevational range is approximately 0-1,000 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Chile; Ecuador; Peru
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):1000
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Population [top]

Population:There are no population data available for this species. The species is rarely encountered.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species inhabits coastal and interior desert areas (Myers and Hoogmoed 1974). In Chile, it can be found in rock crevices in ravines. In a study of the herpetofauna of the equatorial dry forest ecoregion of Peru, the species was found to be restricted to savanna dry forest (Venegas 2005).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There is no known use of or trade in this species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): In some parts of its range, this species is threatened by habitat degradation from agricultural expansion and urban expansion (Polk et al. 2005). However, these are localized effects only and are unlikely to be causing significant global population declines at present.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Parts of this species' distribution coincide with protected areas (although not in Chile). No further conservation measures are needed at present.

Citation: Richman, N., Böhm, M. & Sallabery, N. 2017. Pseudalsophis elegans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T176332A69941784. . Downloaded on 26 September 2017.
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