Xenocalamus transvaalensis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Atractaspididae

Scientific Name: Xenocalamus transvaalensis Methuen, 1919
Common Name(s):
English Speckled Quill-snouted Snake, Transvaal Quillsnout Snake
Taxonomic Notes: The relationship of the two apparently disjunct populations should be assessed.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2013-05-16
Assessor(s): Marais, J.
Reviewer(s): Alexander, G.J.
A fairly widespread species but seldom seen because of its fossorial habits; it is assessed as Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Endemic to southern Africa. Found in two disjunct populations: one reaching from Mapelane, northern KwaZulu-Natal into southern Mozambique, and the other located in Limpopo and possibly extreme eastern Botswana (Broadley 1990). It may also occur in southern Zimbabwe.
Countries occurrence:
Botswana; Mozambique; South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo Province)
Additional data:
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2:8494
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Population [top]

Population:No information currently available.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Continuing decline of mature individuals:Unknown
Population severely fragmented:Unknown
No. of subpopulations:2-5
All individuals in one subpopulation:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Inhabits deep Kalahari and alluvial sands (Jacobsen 1987, Branch 1998).
Generation Length (years):4

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: No known utilization

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although there is no information, it is assumed there are no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conduct research into population numbers, biology, ecology, habitat status, taxonomy and potential threats.

Citation: Marais, J. 2017. Xenocalamus transvaalensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T23102A110333433. . Downloaded on 20 June 2018.
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