Vipera monticola 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Viperidae

Scientific Name: Vipera monticola Saint-Girons, 1954
Common Name(s):
English Atlas Dwarf Viper
French Vipere De L'Atlas
Taxonomic Notes: This is considered a valid species (Beerli et al. 1986).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Miras, J.A.M., Joger, U., Pleguezuelos, J., Slimani, T. & El Mouden, H.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N. & Cox, N. (Global Reptile Assessment)
Listed as Near Threatened because its extent of occurrence is probably not much greater than 20,000 kmĀ², and the extent and quality of its habitat are probably declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This relictual species is endemic to the High and Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco where is restricted to a few mountain valleys. It is found at elevations of between 1,200 to 4,000 m asl.
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Population [top]

Population:It is thought to be a rare species.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It inhabits semi-humid montane areas, and can be found in screes, and areas with stones and cushion-like thorny plants.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat destruction resulting from removal of firewood is a major threat to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from the Parc National de Toubkal, Morocco.

Citation: Miras, J.A.M., Joger, U., Pleguezuelos, J., Slimani, T. & El Mouden, H. 2006. Vipera monticola. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61593A12504634. . Downloaded on 23 April 2018.
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