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Telescopus hoogstraali

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA REPTILIA SQUAMATA COLUBRIDAE

Scientific Name: Telescopus hoogstraali
Species Authority: Schmidt & Marx, 1956
Taxonomic Notes: Animals from Jordan might belong to a separate subspecies. More taxonomic work is needed on the fragmented populations of this species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Assessor(s): Disi, M., A.M., Werner, Y. & El Din, S.B.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N. & Cox, N. (Global Reptile Assessment)
Justification:
Listed as Endangered because its extent of occurrence is less than 5,000 km², its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in Egypt.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species has been recorded from only four areas: part of the northern Negev Desert (Israel), the area of Petra (Jordan), the Santa Catarina area of the southern Sinai Peninsula (Egypt), and the Gebel Maghara in northern Sinai (Egypt). It occurs at least up to 1,500 m (Sinai).
Countries:
Native:
Egypt; Israel; Jordan; Palestinian Territory, Occupied
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Population [top]

Population: It is rare and localised species, and it is not frequently recorded.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species is found in desert steppe areas, with between 100 and 150 mm annual precipitation. It generally inhabits rocky hills and sandstone cliffs. It is an egg-laying species.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Overall, the species is presumably intrinsically at risk because of its fragmented distribution. In Egypt it is threatened by overgrazing, quarrying, collection of firewood, accidental mortality on roads and overcollection for scientific purposes. The threats to this species in Israel are not known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in Dana Wildlife Reserve in Jordan, and in a reserve in the Santa Catarina area of Sinai in Egypt.

Citation: Disi, M., A.M., Werner, Y. & El Din, S.B. 2006. Telescopus hoogstraali. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 18 September 2014.
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