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Bradypodion setaroi

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA REPTILIA SQUAMATA CHAMAELEONIDAE

Scientific Name: Bradypodion setaroi
Species Authority: Raw, 1976
Common Name(s):
English Setaro's Dwarf Chameleon
French Caméléon nain épineux
Synonym(s):
Chamaeleo pumilus subspecies setaroi (Raw, 1976)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-06-30
Assessor(s): Tolley, K.
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.
Justification:
Bradypodion setaroi has been assessed as Least Concern.  Although this species distribution is restricted, with an estimated range of 5,600 km². this distribution is continuous and much of its habitat (coastal dune forest) is protected.  Threats exist from land use change and localized mining activity. This species has been downlisted from Endangered as its extent of occurrence and area of occupancy (AOO) are larger than previously thought; is not restricted to less than five locations; and a substantial proportion of its AOO is within protected areas. Re-evaluation will be required to identify any changes in the above, particularly habitat fragmentation.
History:
1996 Endangered
1994 Rare (Groombridge 1994)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species has a fairly continuous distribution along the coast from St. Lucia estuary, northwards into southern Mozambique (Tolley and Burger 2007).  It is found from 0 to 100 m above sea level. It has an estimated extent of occurrence of 5,600 km², within which it has an estimated area of occupancy of 4,400 km² (Tolley and Burger 2007).
Countries:
Native:
South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal)
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Population [top]

Population: There is no population information available for this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species inhabits coastal dune forest where it can be found amongst the undergrowth (Haagner 1989) and in trees (K. Tolley pers. comm. 2010). It has been found on tall grass stems along a small stream running through a suburb (Haagner 1989) as well as in urban gardens (Branch 1998), indicating that this species may be able to tolerate moderately anthropogenic environments.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by the loss of coastal dune forest due to land use change for crops, plantations, and livestock. Mining takes place north of Richards Bay, however, it is unknown if this poses a major threat to the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species was listed in the 1988 South African Red Data Book as Restricted (Haagner 1989). A global assessment by IUCN in 1996 categorized it as EN (B1+2c) under the version 2.3 criteria. This species is listed on CITES Appendix II. Much of its distribution is protected (K. Tolley pers. comm. 2010). Further research is required into the threats affecting the species and to confirm its area of occupancy.

Citation: Tolley, K. 2010. Bradypodion setaroi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 16 September 2014.
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