Acanthodactylus arabicus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Lacertidae

Scientific Name: Acanthodactylus arabicus Boulenger, 1918
Common Name(s):
English Arabian Fringe-fingered Lizard
Acanthodactylus cantoris ssp. arabicus Boulenger, 1918

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-02-08
Assessor(s): Sindaco, R., Anderson, S., Busais, S.M.S. & Al Jumaily, M.M.
Reviewer(s): Bowles, P. & Cox, N.A.
Contributor(s): De Silva, R., Milligan, HT, Wearn, O.R., Wren, S., Zamin, T., Sears, J., Wilson, P., Lewis, S., Lintott, P. & Powney, G.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Bowles, P.
Acanthodactylus arabicus has been assessed as Least Concern owing to its moderately large distribution in south and central Yemen. No specific threats have been reported and this species is not undergoing population declines.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species inhabits south Yemen, from the Aden area in the west to Qishn in the east. Specifically, it is known from wadis below Mount Manif, Aden, Hadhramaut, Lahj, the Jimil Valley, Abyan Hill Country, Bir Fukom, Shuqra, Bal-Haf-Azzan, and Wadi Irma (Salvador 1982). It is a lowland species.
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Population [top]

Population:This is a common species in sandy habitats throughout its range (R. Sindaco and M.M. al Jumaily pers. comms. February 2012). The population appears to be stable, or may be increasing.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species inhabits deserts and dry shrublands with sandy substrates. It is found in areas both with and without vegetation (S. Busais pers. comm. February 2012).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not used or traded.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is unlikely that any major threat is impacting this species, which is of no interest to collectors and whose habitat is not under threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known species-specific conservation measures in place, or needed for this species.

Classifications [top]

2. Savanna -> 2.1. Savanna - Dry
3. Shrubland -> 3.5. Shrubland - Subtropical/Tropical Dry
8. Desert -> 8.1. Desert - Hot

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Bibliography [top]

Anderson, S.C. 2007. pers. comm. Red List Assessment.

Boulenger, G.A. 1918. Sur les lézards du genre Acanthodactylus Wieg. Bull. Soc. Zool. France. 43: 143-155.

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

Salvador, A. 1982. A revision of the lizards of the genus Acanthodactylus (Sauria: Lacertidae). Bonner Zoologische Monographien 16: 1-167.

Citation: Sindaco, R., Anderson, S., Busais, S.M.S. & Al Jumaily, M.M. 2012. Acanthodactylus arabicus. In: . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T177908A1499691. . Downloaded on 22 June 2018.
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