Acanthodactylus beershebensis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Lacertidae

Scientific Name: Acanthodactylus beershebensis Moravec, Baha El Din, Seligmann, Sivan & Werner, 1999
Common Name(s):
English Be’er Sheva Fringe-fingered Lizard

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered A2c; B2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Werner, Y., Disi, M. & Mousa Disi, A.M.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N. & Cox, N. (Global Reptile Assessment)
Listed as Critically Endangered because of a serious population decline, estimated to be more than 80% over the last three generations, inferred from habitat destruction and degradation; and because its area of occupancy is less than 10 km², its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to the Irano-Turanian region of south-central Israel. The map shows the extent of the historic distribution, within which very few fragmented populations remain.
Countries occurrence:
Israel; Palestinian Territory, Occupied
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Population [top]

Population:It used to be common species, but is now very rare because of habitat loss.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The species inhabits loess plains with sparse shrub cover. The females may have between three and seven eggs. It is not found in agricultural areas. Animals hide under stones and in holes in the ground, and the species digs burrows under the 'green crust' substrate.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Much of the habitat of this species (especially the 'green crust') has been destroyed by intensive agriculture, urbanisation, and trampling by grazing animals. It is relatively easily caught by birds, such as falcons, egrets and shrikes, and the abundance of these predatory birds in the area is increasing with ongoing tree planting.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: A small portion of the former range of this species is within protected areas. It is protected by national legislation in Israel.

Citation: Werner, Y., Disi, M. & Mousa Disi, A.M. 2006. Acanthodactylus beershebensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61454A12488658. . Downloaded on 20 September 2018.
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