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Paracontias fasika

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA REPTILIA SQUAMATA SCINCIDAE

Scientific Name: Paracontias fasika
Species Authority: Köhler, Vences, Erbacher & Glaw, 2010
Taxonomic Notes: A photograph of the only known specimen of this species was included by Glaw and Vences (2007) as Paracontias hildebrandti, with the note that this identification was tentative.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2011-01-27
Assessor(s): Glaw, F., Rakotondravony, H. & Vences, M.
Reviewer(s): Bowles, P. & Cox, N.A.
Justification:
Listed as Critically Endangered on the basis that, although it is known from only one specimen, it is thought likely to be endemic to the region around Forêt d'Orangea, an area considerably less than 100 km², this site represents a single location, and there is a continuing decline in the extent and quality of remaining forest that is likely to impact this lizard. If subsequent research reveals that this species is less dependent on forest or is more widespread than expected, it will require listing in a less threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to far north Madagascar, where it is only known from a single locality 10 m above sea level at Forêt d'Orangea (Köhler et al. 2010). It is not expected to be much more widespread (F. Glaw pers. comm. May 2011), and is presumed to have an extent of occurrence below 100 km².
Countries:
Native:
Madagascar
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Population [top]

Population: There is little information on this species, which is only known from a single specimen (Köhler et al. 2010). It was therefore less abundant than related and apparently ecologically similar species in the collection site (Köhler et al. 2010). It is thought to be similarly susceptible to the ongoing degradation of Forêt d'Orangea, and so its population is presumed to be declining.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This legless skink inhabits shrubby areas on sandy soil, where it appears to be a surface-dweller in contrast to other species of Paracontias at the same site, which are burrowers (Köhler et al. 2010).
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not used or collected.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Logging for charcoal production and conversion of the habitat to agricultural lands are impacting forested areas; as this lizard is confined to scrubby vegetation within the forested, and already degraded, site Forêt d'Orangea, these processes are expected to represent major threats to this species (F. Glaw pers. comm. May 2011).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in Orangea, which is being developed as a new protected area. More information is needed on this species' ecological requirements, population status and sensitivity to threatening processes.

Citation: Glaw, F., Rakotondravony, H. & Vences, M. 2011. Paracontias fasika. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.1. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 22 July 2014.
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