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Lampropeltis catalinensis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Colubridae

Scientific Name: Lampropeltis catalinensis Van Denburgh & Slevin, 1921
Taxonomic Notes: It is possible that the one specimen that this species was described from is closely related to Lampropeltis gutula splendida, although it appears to be a distinct form (Grismer 2002). Taxonomic studies are needed to determine if this is a valid species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2007
Date Assessed: 2007-03-01
Assessor(s): Frost, D.R.
Reviewer(s): Cox, N., Chanson, J.S. & Stuart, S.N. (Global Reptile Assessment Coordinating Team)
Justification:
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing doubts as to its taxonomic validity, population status and ecological requirements.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:The species is endemic to the island of Santa Catalina in the Gulf of California, Mexico.
Countries occurrence:
Native:
Mexico
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Population [top]

Population:It is known with certainty only from a single specimen, and many attempts to find it have been unsuccessful (Grismer 2002), suggesting that is either rare, or very cryptic and secretive.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Nothing is known about the natural history of this species; the description is based upon one single individual that was dug out of the centre of a cactus plant. A shed skin, possibly of this species, was found near a small spring. The vegetation predominant in the island is cactus and other xerophilic plants. The species is cryptic and nocturnal, and it is not easily studied.
Systems:Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are feral cats on the island, which might pose a threat to the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species occurs in a protected area. Taxonomic research is needed to determine whether this is a valid species. Further research is needed to determine the range, population, ecology and threats to this species.

Citation: Frost, D.R. 2007. Lampropeltis catalinensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2007: e.T63827A12719937. . Downloaded on 19 October 2017.
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