Macroprotodon abubakeri 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Colubridae

Scientific Name: Macroprotodon abubakeri Wade, 2001
Taxonomic Notes: The status of this species has recently been confirmed from genetic data (Carranza et al. 2004).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2008-12-14
Assessor(s): Jose Antonio Mateo Miras, Ulrich Joger, Juan Pleguezuelos, Tahar Slimani, Iñigo Martínez-Solano
Reviewer(s): Neil Cox and Helen Temple
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from northwestern Algeria and northeastern Morocco. It also occurs on Habibas Islands (Algeria). The presence in Spain needs to be confirmed, as it is unclear if the specimen cited for Melilla pertained to this species (Juan M Pleguezuelos pers. comm., October 2008).
Countries occurrence:
Algeria; Morocco
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Population [top]

Population:There is very little recent information on this species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It apparently lives in semi-arid and sub-humid Mediterranean habitats, and it is thought to lay eggs every two years like Macroprotodon brevis.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is probably threatened by habitat loss for agriculture and increasing urbanization throughout its range; but the boundaries of the species distribution are still unknown. Two intrinsic threats to the species are its overall small distribution range and poor recruitment capacity (Juan M Pleguezuelos pers. comm., October 2008). It is eaten by wild boar (Sus scrofa), although this is unlikely to constitute a significant threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is known from the following protected areas in Morocco: Chekhar, Embouchure Moulouya, and Béni Snassen.

Citation: Jose Antonio Mateo Miras, Ulrich Joger, Juan Pleguezuelos, Tahar Slimani, Iñigo Martínez-Solano. 2009. Macroprotodon abubakeri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T61531A12507652. . Downloaded on 21 July 2018.
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