Timon tangitanus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Lacertidae

Scientific Name: Timon tangitanus (Boulenger, 1887)
Common Name(s):
French Lézard Ocellé du Atlas
Spanish Lagarto ocelado del Atlas
Lacerta tangitanus Boulenger, 1887
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: 2009
Date Assessed: 2008-12-14
Assessor(s): Jose Antonio Mateo Miras, El Hassan El Mouden, Juan Pleguezuelos, Tahar Slimani, Iñigo Martínez-Solano
Reviewer(s): Cox, N. and Temple, H.J. (Global Reptile Assessment)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in much of Morocco (except the southwest, based on current records) and in northwestern Algeria. There is an apparently isolated population in northern Western Sahara, however recent surveys have failed to locate any specimens and it is possible that this population is now extirpated (Juan M Pleguezuelos pers. comm., October 2008). This species may occur in the Spanish North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla (old unconfirmed records). It occurs up to 2,500m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Algeria; Morocco
Possibly extinct:
Western Sahara
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):2500
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Population [top]

Population:It is a relatively common species, except in Western Sahara.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It occurs in Mediterranean scrubby habitats and middle-elevation mountain forests. It is an egg-laying species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threat to the species is habitat destruction as a result of wood extraction. It is also harvested for local use for traditional medicinal use. In general, these threats are localized and the species is not believed to be significantly threatened.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded in the Reserve de Grouka in Morocco.

Citation: Jose Antonio Mateo Miras, El Hassan El Mouden, Juan Pleguezuelos, Tahar Slimani, Iñigo Martínez-Solano. 2009. Timon tangitanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T61585A12500163. . Downloaded on 22 August 2018.
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