Acanthocercus adramitanus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Agamidae

Scientific Name: Acanthocercus adramitanus (Anderson, 1896)
Common Name(s):
English Anderson's Rock Agama
Agama adramitana Anderson, 1896

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-02-09
Assessor(s): Wilms, T., Sindaco, R. & Al Jumaily, M.M.
Reviewer(s): Bowles, P. & Cox, N.A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Bowles, P.
This species is listed as Least Concern because it is common in both natural and artificial habitats, it is widespread, and is not subject to any threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to the Arabian Peninsula, where it is found in west and south Arabia, from Taif (Saudi Arabia) in the north to Dhofar (Oman) in the east (Arnold 1980). It is found to around 2,000 m asl (Arnold 1980).
Countries occurrence:
Oman; Saudi Arabia; Yemen
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):2000
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Population [top]

Population:This is the most common species of Agama in Yemen (M.M. al Jumaily pers. comm. February 2012). It is common in Saudi Arabia on rocks (M.M. al Jumaily pers. comm. February 2012). It is quite common in Dhofar (R. Sindaco pers. comm. February 2012).  It is equally common around and away from human habitation (T. Wilms pers. comm. February 2012), and the population appears to be stable.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This is a rock dwelling lizard (Arnold 1980), mainly present in mountainous areas (M.M. al Jumaily pers. comm. February 2012). Populations can be found on vertical rocks, rock steps and amongst boulders (van der Kooij 2000). Arnold (1980) notes that all specimens seen were on large boulders in the vicinity of water in precipitous wadis surrounded by dense vegetation, and that animals are usually seen on the tops of these boulders. They do not however require water, obtaining moisture from their insect prey, and other surveys have found them away from water (T. Wilms pers. comm. February 2012). This species is found around human habitation, and will both climb stone walls and enter buildings (M.M. al Jumaily pers. comm. February 2012). It is a heliothermic species.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There appears to be no trade or use of this species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no threats to this common and widespread lizard.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are protected areas within its range in western Saudi Arabia and in Dhofar; it is also known from at least two protected areas in Yemen. No species-specific conservation actions are required for this species.

Classifications [top]

0. Root -> 6. Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks)
suitability:Suitable  major importance:Yes

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Occur in at least one PA:Yes
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education

Bibliography [top]

Arnold, E.N. 1980. The scientific results of the Oman flora and fauna survey 1977 (Dhofar). The reptiles and amphibians of Dhofar, southern Arabia. Journal of Oman Studies Special Report 2: 273-332.

IUCN. 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2012.2). Available at: (Accessed: 17 October 2012).

van der Kooij, J. 2000. The herpetofauna of the sultanate of Oman. Part 1: The amphibians, worm lizards, agamas and chameleons. Podarcis 1(3): 70-102.

Citation: Wilms, T., Sindaco, R. & Al Jumaily, M.M. 2012. Acanthocercus adramitanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T199598A2605798. . Downloaded on 23 June 2018.
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