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Psammodromus algirus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA REPTILIA SQUAMATA LACERTIDAE

Scientific Name: Psammodromus algirus
Species Authority: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Common Name(s):
English Algerian Psammodromus, Large Psammodromus
Spanish Lagartija Colilarga
Synonym(s):
Lacerta algira Linnaeus, 1758
Taxonomic Notes: Populations in Iberia and France previously assigned to this species are now regarded as separate species jeanneae and manuelae (Busack et al. 2006).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2008-12-14
Assessor(s): Jose Antonio Mateo Miras, Marc Cheylan, M. Saïd Nouira, Ulrich Joger, Paulo Sá-Sousa, Valentin Pérez-Mellado, Iñigo Martínez-Solano, Roberto Sindaco
Reviewer(s): Neil Cox and Helen Temple
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
History:
2006 Least Concern (IUCN 2006)
2006 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in northern Tunisia, northern Algeria and northern and central Morocco, Conigli islet near Lampedusa island (Italy), and the Spanish North African territories of Ceuta and Melilla. It occurs from sea level up to 2,600m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Algeria; Italy; Morocco; Spain (Spanish North African Territories); Tunisia
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Population [top]

Population: It is an abundant species in most of its range. The only European locality (Conigli islet near Lampedusa) is inhabited by a small population, threatened by the degradation of vegetation due to a large colony of gulls.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in dense bushes and shrubland, in open or degraded woodland areas, pine forests and eucalyptus plantations, coastal dunes and beaches. It also occurs in rural gardens and in some agricultural areas. Females lay between eight and 11 eggs.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This main threat to this species appears to be the clearance of ground cover for conversion to agricultural use and urbanization, leading to the fragmentation of local populations, but overall this species is not significantly threatened.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in a number of protected areas.

Citation: Jose Antonio Mateo Miras, Marc Cheylan, M. Saïd Nouira, Ulrich Joger, Paulo Sá-Sousa, Valentin Pérez-Mellado, Iñigo Martínez-Solano, Roberto Sindaco 2009. Psammodromus algirus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 18 December 2014.
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