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Xenosaurus platyceps 

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Language: English
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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Xenosauridae

Scientific Name: Xenosaurus platyceps King & Thompson, 1968

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2007
Date Assessed: 2007-03-01
Annotations:
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Mendoza-Quijano, F.
Reviewer(s): Cox, N., Chanson, J.S. & Stuart, S.N. (Global Reptile Assessment Coordinating Team)
Justification:
Listed as Endangered because its extent of occurrence is less than 5,000 kmĀ², its distribution is severely fragmented, animals do not recolonize fragments, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to the Sierra Madre Oriental of Mexico, where it is restricted to extreme southeastern Tamaulipas. It is thought to occur between 1,300 and 1,400 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Native:
Mexico
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Population [top]

Population:It is a generally a common species within its limited range. It occurs at densities of around one or two animals per km2.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is present in primary dry scrub forest and oak savanna habitats. Animals are associated with rocky sites where they are found in rock crevices. It is a viviparous species.
Systems:Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by continuing fragmentation of its primary habitat through the development of tourism in the area, and through the conversion of land to agricultural use (crops and livestock). The species does not move between these fragments. It is also threatened by predation by feral cats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not present in any protected areas. There is an urgent need to establish protected areas to conserve the species. There is a need to educate people, especially tourists to the area, about this animal. Further research is needed into the species ecology and biology.

Citation: Mendoza-Quijano, F. 2007. Xenosaurus platyceps. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2007: e.T64373A12762122. . Downloaded on 18 September 2018.
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