Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Phyllodactylidae

Scientific Name: Phyllodactylus unctus
Species Authority: Cope, 1864

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2007
Date Assessed: 2007-03-01
Assessor(s): Hollingsworth, B. & Frost, D.R.
Reviewer(s): Cox, N., Chanson, J.S. & Stuart, S.N. (Global Reptile Assessment Coordinating Team)
Listed as Near Threatened because, although it is relatively abundant within its small range, its extent of occurrence is less than 5,000 km², and the extent and quality of its habitat are probably declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable under B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii).

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the southernmost part of Baja California, Mexico, where it is present both on the mainland and on a number of islands in the Gulf of California. On the mainland this species is restricted to the Cape Region. Within the Gulf of California it has been recorded from the islands of Partida Sur, Espiritu Santo, Ballena, Gallo, Gallina and Cerralvo.
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Population [top]

Population: It generally appears to be a common species, except in urban areas.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is an scansorial animal found under rocks and within caves, but also beneath the bark of dead vegetation and rotting cardons (cacti). Along the Gulf coast it occurs in dry thornscrub.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although much of the habitat of this species is secure for the time being, there are local impacts of urbanization and intensive agriculture around La Paz and Cabo San Lucas.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs on several islands in the Gulf of California which are part of the Islas del Golfo de California Fauna and Flora Protection Area. No direct conservation measures are currently needed for this species.

Citation: Hollingsworth, B. & Frost, D.R. 2007. Phyllodactylus unctus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2007: e.T64050A12740065. . Downloaded on 04 October 2015.
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