Phrynosoma taurus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Phrynosomatidae

Scientific Name: Phrynosoma taurus Dugés, 1868

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2007
Date Assessed: 2007-03-01
Assessor(s): Canseco-Márquez, L., Campbell, J.A., Ponce-Campos, P., Muñoz-Alonso, A. & García Aguayo, A.
Reviewer(s): Cox, N., Chanson, J.S. & Stuart, S.N. (Global Reptile Assessment Coordinating Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, 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 species is endemic to the arid highlands of southern Mexico (States of Guerrero, Puebla and Oaxaca), where it ranges from the upper Balsas Basin crossing over continental divide into the Valley of Tehuacan. It is generally found below 1,500 m asl but has occasionally been reported up to 1,700 m asl (Zamudio and Parra-Olea 2000).
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Population [top]

Population:It is considered to be a moderately abundant species.
Current Population Trend:Stable
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This is a terrestrial species of high desert, arid scrub and tropical dry forest. It can persist in traditional pastures. It is a viviparous species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species. Some animals are collected for use in traditional medicines, the impact of this use needs additional research.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is protected by Mexican law under the category A (Threatened). Populations are present within the protected areas of Tehuacan Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve and Sierra de Huautla in Morelos State. Further studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, ecology and threats to this species. Populations should be monitored to record changes in abundance and distribution.

Citation: Canseco-Márquez, L., Campbell, J.A., Ponce-Campos, P., Muñoz-Alonso, A. & García Aguayo, A. 2007. Phrynosoma taurus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2007: e.T64082A12734911. . Downloaded on 22 November 2017.
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