Geophis damiani


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Geophis damiani
Species Authority: Wilson, McCranie & Williams, 1998

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-05-07
Assessor(s): Wilson, L.D., Townsend, J.H. & Luque, I.
Reviewer(s): Bowles, P.
This species is assessed as Critically Endangered because it has a small EOO (~75 km2), occurs in only one location, is restricted to intact forest, and is suffering from ongoing declines inferred from habitat loss.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known only from Texiguat Wildlife Refuge, Yoro and Atlantida Departments, Honduras, where it has been collected from 1,680 to 1,750 m asl (Townsend and Wilson 2010, Townsend et al. 2010).
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Population [top]

Population: This species is uncommonly encountered and its population is declining as inferred by the ongoing loss of appropriate habitat.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occurs in intact mid elevation rain and cloud forest (Wilson and Johnson 2010). It is semifossorial, occurring in leaf litter and under fallen tree trunks or other debris.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by ongoing deforestation for timber extraction and the expansion of the agricultural frontier.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species occurs in Texiguat Wildlife Refuge in Honduras. Measures needed are greater resources to refuge operations as well as policies to prevent forest destruction. As of 2012, this refuge is under imminent threat of complete destruction.

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2013.2). Available at: (Accessed: 13 November 2013).

Köhler, G. 2003. Reptiles of Central America. Herpeton, Germany. 368 pp.

McCranie, J.R. 2011. The snakes of Honduras: systematics, distribution, and conservation. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.

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., McCranie, J.R. and Williams, K.L. 1998. A new species of Geophis of the sieboldi group (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae) from northern Honduras. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 111(2): 410-417.

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: Wilson, L.D., Townsend, J.H. & Luque, I. 2013. Geophis damiani. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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