Abronia salvadorensis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Anguidae

Scientific Name: Abronia salvadorensis Hidalgo, 1983
Common Name(s):
English Salvador Arboreal Alligator Lizard

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2012-05-07
Assessor(s): Wilson, L.D., Townsend, J.H. & Luque, I.
Reviewer(s): Bowles, P.
This species is assessed as Endangered due to its limited extent of occurrence (100-200 km2), its occurrence in two locations, and because there is a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs on Sierra de Montecillos and Sierra de Opalaca in Honduras (Köhler 2003). It has an elevation range from 1,900 to 2,125 m asl (Wilson and Johnson 2010).
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Number of Locations:2
Lower elevation limit (metres):1900
Upper elevation limit (metres):2125
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Population [top]

Population:This species is rarely encountered and known from fewer than 10 specimens. Considering that the species requires old growth forest and that forest destruction is ongoing within the range, the population is inferred to be declining.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species inhabits the lower montane moist forest (Wilson and Johnson 2010). It is arboreal and tends to occur in bromeliads and under loose bark.Collecting records indicate the species sometimes descends to the ground and can occur on borders of forest patches.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by deforestation for subsistence agriculture, coffee plantations, and potato fields. The loss of traditional land use practices, which maintain forest fragments, also represents a threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species does not occur in any protected areas. Habitat protection is an important conservation need, as is research on natural history and population status.

Classifications [top]

1. Forest -> 1.9. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Moist Montane
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
2. Agriculture & aquaculture -> 2.1. Annual & perennial non-timber crops -> 2.1.2. Small-holder farming
♦ timing:Ongoing ♦ scope:Unknown ♦ severity:Unknown ⇒ Impact score:Unknown 
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.1. Ecosystem conversion
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.2. Ecosystem degradation

Bibliography [top]

Hidalgo, H. 1983. Two new species of Abronia (Sauria: Anguidae) from the cloud forests of El Salvador. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Natural History, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 105: 1-11.

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.

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. pp. 816. Eagle Mountain Publishing, Eagle Mountain, Utah.

Citation: Wilson, L.D., Townsend, J.H. & Luque, I. 2013. Abronia salvadorensis. In: . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T203018A2758611. . Downloaded on 20 June 2018.
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