Chalcides minutus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Chalcides minutus
Species Authority: Caputo, 1993
Common Name(s):
English Small Three-toed Skink
French Petit Seps Tridactyle

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2008-12-14
Assessor(s): Jose Antonio Mateo Miras, Ulrich Joger, Juan Pleguezuelos, Tahar Slimani, El Hassan El Mouden, Philippe Geniez, Iñigo Martínez-Solano
Reviewer(s): Neil Cox and Helen Temple
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat.
2006 Vulnerable (IUCN 2006)
2006 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This poorly known species occurs in northeastern Morocco, northwestern Algeria and in Melilla (Spain). It is known from the Riff Mountains, northeastern parts of the Middle Atlas Mountains and the Montes de Tlemcén. It occurs in two isolated areas that are separated by the Moulouya River.
Algeria; Morocco; Spain
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Population [top]

Population: It is thought to be locally common.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in damp, sunny areas with dense vegetation. Habitats include, grassland, meadows, areas close to streams, hedges, open cork oak forest and the edges of cultivated land. It can also be found in arid and degraded areas. It is a viviparous species.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is threatened by habitat loss from overgrazing by livestock, and conversion of land to agricultural and urban use.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is currently known to exist in several Moroccan protected areas: Embouchure Moulouya, Sebkha Bou Areg, Bou Iblane, Bou Naceur, Trois fourches, Gourougou, Lalla Outka, Bou Iblane, Jbel Tichoukt, Jaaba. It is also found on Beni Snassen Mountain in Morocco that will soon be classified as a Biological Station.

Citation: Jose Antonio Mateo Miras, Ulrich Joger, Juan Pleguezuelos, Tahar Slimani, El Hassan El Mouden, Philippe Geniez, Iñigo Martínez-Solano 2009. Chalcides minutus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <>. Downloaded on 22 August 2014.
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