Timon pater 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Lacertidae

Scientific Name: Timon pater (Lataste, 1880)
Common Name(s):
English North African Ocellated Lizard
Spanish Lagarto Ocelado Del Atlas
Lacerta pater Lataste, 1880
Taxonomic Notes: This species was included in the genus Lacerta, but it is now placed in the genus Timon (Mayer and Bischoff 1996, Fu 1998, 2000, Harris et al. 1998, Harris and Carretero 2003). We follow Mateo et al. (1996) in treating animals from Morocco previously considered to be Timon pater as T. tangitana. True Timon pater occurs in Tunisia and Algeria.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Böhme, W., Miras, J.A.M., Joger, U., Slimani, T., El Mouden, H., Geniez, P. & Nouira, M.S.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N. & Cox, N. (Global Reptile Assessment)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This North Africa species ranges through northern Algeria and northern Tunisia, and is present on Galita Island off the Tunisian coast. It is found up to 2,000 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Algeria; Tunisia
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Population [top]

Population:It is a reasonably common species.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is found in Mediterranean forests, open areas, meadows, scrubland, deciduous woodland, coastal areas, rocky sites, on stone walls and in old olive groves. The females lay two to three clutches of between two and twenty eggs.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species might be impacted by loss of stone walls and intensification of agricultural methods and general fragmentation because of habitat destruction. It is also threatened by accidental mortality on roads.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is known from protected areas in both Tunisia and Algeria.

Citation: Böhme, W., Miras, J.A.M., Joger, U., Slimani, T., El Mouden, H., Geniez, P. & Nouira, M.S. 2006. Timon pater. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61584A12499610. . Downloaded on 15 August 2018.
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