Sceloporus acanthinus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Phrynosomatidae

Scientific Name: Sceloporus acanthinus
Species Authority: Bocourt, 1873
Taxonomic Notes: The status of this species in El Salvador is unclear. Smith et al. (2001) state that Sceloporus acanthinus ranges into El Salvador, while Köhler et al. (2006) suggest that populations in El Salvador are of S. malachiticus. The El Salvador populations are retained here pending confirmation of their identity.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2012-05-08
Assessor(s): Jonathon A. Campbell, Antonio Muñoz
Reviewer(s): Bowles, P.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is present on the Pacific versant of Chiapas State (Mexico) and Guatemala. It has been recorded at elevations between 400 and 1,500 meters.
Countries occurrence:
Guatemala; Mexico
Lower elevation limit (metres): 400
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1500
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Population [top]

Population: In general, it appears to be a very common species.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: These lizards are most often encountered on trees in premontane tropical moist forest. Populations appear to be able to adapt to a degree of habitat modification and may generally persist in secondary habitats.
Systems: Terrestrial
Movement patterns: Not a Migrant

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

This species is not utilized or traded to any significant degree.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There seem to be no major threats to this widespread and relatively adaptable species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Currently, this species is of relatively low conservation concern and does not require significant additional protection or major management or monitoring. Within Mexico this species has been recorded from the El Triunfo, Tacaná, and La Sepultura Biosphere Reserves. It is presumably present within a number of protected areas. Further studies are needed to confirm the adaptability of this species to habitat degradation.

Citation: Jonathon A. Campbell, Antonio Muñoz. 2013. Sceloporus acanthinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T198413A2525832. . Downloaded on 01 December 2015.
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