|Scientific Name:||Abronia aurita|
|Species Authority:||(Cope, 1869)|
Gerrhonotus auritus Cope, 1869
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Acevedo, M., Ariano-Sánchez, D. & Johnson, J.|
This species is listed as Endangered because it has a very restricted distribution (about 400 km2), occurs in only one location, and is experiencing a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat due to conversion of the forest to agriculture.
|Range Description:||This species is endemic to the highlands of the Sierra de Xucaneb in the Department of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala (M. Acevedo pers. comm. 2012, Köhler 2003). It has an elevational range of 2,000 to 2,660 m asl. (Wilson and Johnson 2010). The estimated extent of occurrence (based on the area of the Sierra de Xucaneb) is approximately 400 km2.|
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|Population:||There are no quantitative data on population size and trends for this species.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||This species occurs in lower montane moist forest, in pine-oak forest habitats (Köhler 2003, Wilson and Johnson 2010).|
|Use and Trade:||All species in the genus are under pressure from the pet trade. However, there are no data for this particular species.|
|Major Threat(s):||The main threat is deforestation for agricultural purposes. The forest habitat of this species is heavily degraded and fragmented.|
|Conservation Actions:||The species does not occur in protected areas. Research is needed to better-understand the distribution, population status and ecology of this species.|
Cope, E.D. 1868. Sixth contribution to the herpetology of Tropical America. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 20: 305-313.
IUCN. 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2013.2). Available at: http://www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 13 November 2013).
Köhler, G. 2003. Reptiles of Central America. Herpeton, Germany. 368 pp.
Wilson, L.D. and Johnson, J.D. 2010. Distributional patterns of the herpetofauna of Mesoamerica, a biodiversity hotspot. In: L.D. Wilson, J.H. Townsend, J.H. and J.D. Johnson (eds), Conservation of Mesoamerican amphibians and reptiles, pp. 30-235. Eagle Mountain Publishing, Eagle Mountain, Utah, USA.
Wilson, L.D., Townsend, J.H. and Johnson, J.D. (eds.). 2010. Conservation of Mesoamerican Amphibians and Reptiles. Eagle Mountain Publishing, Eagle Mountain, Utah.
|Citation:||Acevedo, M., Ariano-Sánchez, D. & Johnson, J. 2013. Abronia aurita. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 01 March 2015.|
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