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Bothriechis aurifer

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA REPTILIA SQUAMATA VIPERIDAE

Scientific Name: Bothriechis aurifer
Species Authority: (Salvin, 1860)
Common Name/s:
English Yellow-blotched Palm Pit Viper
Synonym/s:
Thamnocenchris aurifer Salvin, 1860

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii,v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2007
Date Assessed: 2007-03-01
Assessor/s: Campbell, J.A. & Muñoz-Alonso, A.
Reviewer/s: Cox, N., Chanson, J.S. & Stuart, S.N. (Global Reptile Assessment Coordinating Team)
Justification:
Listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence is less than 20,000 km², its range is severely fragmented, and because there is ongoing severe habitat destruction, combined with extensive collection for the pet trade.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species has a disjunct distribution in highland regions: moderate and intermediate elevations of extreme west-central Chiapas, Mexico (vicinity of Lagunas de Montebello, higher tributaries of the Río Lacantum); the Atlantic drainages of the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes, Sierra de Chuacús, and Sierra de las Minas in Guatemala. The elevational range is generally from 1,200 to 2,300 m asl, but a few specimens have been reported from lower elevations on the north face of the Sierra de las Minas.
Countries:
Native:
Guatemala; Mexico
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Population [top]

Population: The population is probably declining substantially due to habitat destruction and overcollecting. It has been recorded as recently as 2003 in Guatemala.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is most abundant in lower montane cloud forest, but it enters subtropical wet forest (pine-oak forest) along mesic ravines. It requires old growth forest although occasionally it is found in small patches of secondary growth and coffee plantations bordering more intact forest.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is threatened by the destruction of cloud forest habitat for agriculture (coffee and ornamental fern plantations) and by collecting for the international pet trade.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is protected by Mexican law under the category A (Threatened). It occurs in the Biotopo Mario Dary Rivera protected area and in a protected area in the Sierra de las Minas.
Citation: Campbell, J.A. & Muñoz-Alonso, A. 2007. Bothriechis aurifer. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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