Aspidoscelis rodecki 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Teiidae

Scientific Name: Aspidoscelis rodecki
Species Authority: (McCoy & Maslin, 1962)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2007
Date Assessed: 2007-03-01
Assessor(s): Lee, J. & Calderón Mandujano, R.
Reviewer(s): Cox, N., Chanson, J.S. & Stuart, S.N. (Global Reptile Assessment Coordinating Team)
Listed as Near Threatened because it has a small range (less than 600km²), although it is common and is not currently in decline, but increasing infrastructure development may result in it being considered threatened in the near future under criteria A3 or B1.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species, endemic to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, is known only from Islas Contoy and Mujeres and from the vicinity of Puerto Juarez on the adjacent mainland of Quintana Roo. It occurs from around sea level.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species, especially on the mainland.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is an inhabitant of shrubs in sandy beaches. On the mainland it can be found in areas where there has been infrastructure development such as restaurants, piers, etc. It is a parthenogenetic species.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Infrastructure development for tourism and other housing is a major threat to the species' habitat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is protected by Mexican law under the category Pr (Special Protection). It is not known from any protected areas.

Classifications [top]

12. Marine Intertidal -> 12.2. Marine Intertidal - Sandy Shoreline and/or Beaches, Sand Bars, Spits, Etc
suitability: Suitable  
2. Land/water management -> 2.1. Site/area management

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
1. Residential & commercial development -> 1.1. Housing & urban areas
♦ timing: Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.1. Ecosystem conversion
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.2. Ecosystem degradation

1. Residential & commercial development -> 1.3. Tourism & recreation areas
♦ timing: Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.1. Ecosystem conversion
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.2. Ecosystem degradation

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2007. 2007 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Available at: (Accessed: 12th September 2007).

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

Lee, J.C. 1996. The Amphibians and Reptiles of the Yucatán Peninsula. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York. 500 pp.

Lee, J.C. 2000. A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of the Maya World. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York.

McCoy Jr., C.J. and Maslin, T.P. 1962. A review of the teiid lizard Cnemidophorus cozumelus and the recognition of a new race, Cnemidophorus cozumelus rodecki. Copeia 1962: 620-627.

Citation: Lee, J. & Calderón Mandujano, R. 2007. Aspidoscelis rodecki. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2007: e.T64284A12753277. . Downloaded on 25 November 2015.
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