Acanthocercus yemensis 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Agamidae

Scientific Name: Acanthocercus yemensis
Species Authority: (Klausewitz, 1954)
Agama cyanogaster subspecies yemensis Klausewitz, 1954

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-02-08
Assessor(s): Al Jumaily, M.M. & Sindaco, R.
Reviewer(s): Bowles, P. & Cox, N.A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Bowles, P.
Listed as Least Concern as it is common, moderately widespread, occurs both in natural habitats and around human habitation, is subject to no threats, and has an apparently stable population.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in northern Yemen. Records exist for adjacent Saudi Arabia (Arnold 1980), but the limits of its distribution in this country are not known (T. Wilms pers. comm. February 2012). It occurs from around 2,000 to 3,000 m asl (Arnold 1980).
Countries occurrence:
Saudi Arabia; Yemen
Lower elevation limit (metres):2000
Upper elevation limit (metres):3000
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Population [top]

Population:This species is very common, with an apparently stable population (M.M. al Jumaily and R. Sindaco pers. comms. February 2012).
Current Population Trend:Stable
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This Agama can be found in rocky habitats (Arnold 1980), both on the ground and climbing rocky surfaces, and including stone walls and human habitations (M.M. al Jumaily and R. Sindaco pers. comm. February 2012).

Use and Trade [top]

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

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no threats to this abundant and adaptable lizard.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation measures are in place or needed 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
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).

Citation: Al Jumaily, M.M. & Sindaco, R. 2012. Acanthocercus yemensis. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T199599A2605872. . Downloaded on 29 November 2015.
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