Mixcoatlus melanurus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Viperidae

Scientific Name: Mixcoatlus melanurus
Species Authority: (Müller, 1923)
Ophryacus melanurus Müller, 1923
Porthidium melanorum (Müller, 1924) [orth. error]
Porthidium melanurum (Müller, 1924)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) 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 Endangered, in view of its extent of occurrence of less than 5,000 km² and with all individuals in fewer than five locations, and a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occupies intermediate elevations from southern Puebla to Central Oaxaca in Mexico. Most of its range falls within the Atlantic drainage; however, in the south it crosses the Continental Divide and includes some of the upper tributaries of the Río Atoyac. The elevational range is from about 1,600 to 2,400 m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: It is not very common.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It inhabits high arid tropical scrub and tropical deciduous forest in the north, and pine-oak forest in the south.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Much of the area the species inhabits has been overgrazed, cleared, or greatly eroded because of agricultural development. It is also persecuted by people.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is protected by Mexican law under the category Pr (Special Protection). It occurs in Tehuacan Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve.

Citation: Canseco-Márquez, L., Campbell, J.A., Ponce-Campos, P., Muñoz-Alonso, A. & García Aguayo, A. 2007. Mixcoatlus melanurus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2007: e.T64340A12772134. . Downloaded on 27 November 2015.
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