Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Dactyloidae

Scientific Name: Anolis cusuco
Species Authority: (McCranie, Köhler & Wilson, 2000)
Norops cusuco McCranie, Köhler & Wilson, 2000

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2009-06-30
Assessor(s): Mayer, G.C.
Reviewer(s): Böhm, M., Collen, B. & Ram, M.
Contributor(s): De Silva, R., Milligan, H.T., Wearn, O.R., Zamin, T., Wren, S., Sears, J., Wilson, P., Lewis, S., Lintott, P. & Powney, G.
This species has been assessed as Endangered as it has an estimated extent of occurrence of approximately 300 km2 and is only found in one area, a National Park. Its habitat is under threat from deforestation for agricultural land use in the park's buffer zones. This species requires more research into its threats and ecology and also requires continuous monitoring to ensure any population declines are detected early.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is reported to be endemic to Parque Nacional El Cusuco which is located in the Sierra de Omoa, north-west Honduras. Here, it has been recorded from two localities. The area in which this species occurs is approximately 314 km2. This species occurs between 1,300 to 1,935 m above sea level.
Countries occurrence:
Number of Locations: 1
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1300
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1935
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Population [top]

Population: This species is thought to have a stable population (Wilson and McCranie 2003, Townsend 2006).
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in lower montane and pre-montane wet forest.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by habitat loss due to the conversion of forest land to agricultural land in the buffer zones of the National Park (Townsend 2006).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species' distribution range coincides with the Parque Nacional El Cusuco which was established in 1987. Further research into the threats and habitat preferences of this species is needed, as is population monitoring.

Citation: Mayer, G.C. 2013. Anolis cusuco. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T178272A7511564. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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