Psammodromus blanci 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Lacertidae

Scientific Name: Psammodromus blanci (Lataste, 1880)
Common Name(s):
English Blanc's Sand Racer
Zerzoumia blanci Lataste, 1880

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2008-12-14
Assessor(s): Joger, U., Slimani, T., El Mouden, H., Martínez-Solano, I. & Geniez, P.
Reviewer(s): Cox, N. and Temple, H.J. (Global Reptile Assessment)
Listed as Near Threatened since the species depends on good quality habitat, and so its area of occupancy is probably not much greater than 2,000 km², and the extent and quality of its habitat is declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs on humid, isolated plateaus and mountain areas of northeastern Morocco (with an isolated population in the Alhucemas region [Juan M Pleguezuelos pers. comm., October 2008]), northern Algeria and northwestern Tunisia. This species may occur in the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla (old unconfirmed records). It generally occurs from 1,000 m to 1,200 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Algeria; Morocco; Tunisia
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1000
Upper elevation limit (metres):1200
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Population [top]

Population:It can be common in suitable habitat in Algeria, but it is very rare in Morocco and Tunisia, where it is at the edge of its range.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is found in areas of broad-leaved and pine woodland, scrubland, thorn-cushion vegetation, meadows, pastures, open areas and steppes. The female lays four or five clutches of between two and four eggs per year.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this species are not known, but any change of habitat can favour other species. It is presumably threatened by forest loss for agricultural purposes.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in Djurdjura National Park in Algeria.

Citation: Joger, U., Slimani, T., El Mouden, H., Martínez-Solano, I. & Geniez, P. 2009. Psammodromus blanci. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T61559A12491750. . Downloaded on 26 May 2018.
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