Acontias plumbeus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Scincidae

Scientific Name: Acontias plumbeus Bianconi, 1849
Common Name(s):
English Giant Legless Skink, Giant Lanceolate Skink, Giant Lance Skink
Acontias niger Peters, 1854

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-06-30
Assessor(s): Heideman, N.
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.
Acontias plumbeus has been assessed as Least Concern because it has a large distribution range and it occupies a variety of habitat types. It is not affected by
any major threats and is not undergoing significant population declines at present. No further research is currently needed.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is found in South Africa from the northeastern Limpopo province, extending through Mpumalanga to coastal northern KwaZulu-Natal. It is also found in Swaziland, southern Mozambique and there is an isolated relict population that occurs on the eastern escarpment of Zimbabwe.
Countries occurrence:
Mozambique; South Africa; Swaziland; Zimbabwe
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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 burrowing skink can be found in various habitat types from desert sand and coastal dunes, dry shrubland and savanna, to woodland humus and forest floors.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is unlikely that any major threat is impacting this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No species-specific conservation measures are in place or needed for this species. However, it is likely to be found within protected areas.

Citation: Heideman, N. 2010. Acontias plumbeus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T178243A7505550. . Downloaded on 21 May 2018.
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