Ablepharus chernovi 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Scincidae

Scientific Name: Ablepharus chernovi Darevsky, 1953
Common Name(s):
English Chernov's Skink, Chernov's Snake-Eyed Skink
Taxonomic Notes: This species was formerly considered to be a subspecies of Ablepharus kitaibellii, but was raised to species rank by Schmidtler (1997). A recent study has confirmed A. chernovi as a genetically distinct form (Poulakakis et al. 2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2008-12-14
Assessor(s): Tok, V., Ugurtas, I.H., Sevinç, M., Böhme, W., Crochet, P.-A., Nilson, G., Akarsu, F. & Lymberakis, P.
Reviewer(s): Cox, N.A. & Temple, H.J.
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from Armenia (in the valley of Razdan River), various parts of central, southern and southeastern Turkey (where its range is fragmented) and possibly northern coastal Syria. Records from Syria are likely from a different species, A. rueppellii (P. Lymberakis pers. comm. 2008). Its range is poorly known. It occurs from 500 to 2,200 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Armenia; Syrian Arab Republic; Turkey
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):500
Upper elevation limit (metres):2200
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Population [top]

Population:It is generally a common species.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species lives amongst small stones in open areas with some bushes, in sparsely wooded areas, in open coniferous forest and in grassland. It occurs in the mountain-xerophytic steppe on gentle slope (in Armenia). Animals are generally found hiding under ground cover, stones, and leaves. It is not known to live in modified habitats. It appears after hibernation in the end of March. This species leaves in the deep shelter in the hot months (July and August) and starts to appear in September. The female lays about four eggs in June.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species as a whole. In Armenia, it is locally declining because of general human settlement activity.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Its range includes several protected areas in Turkey. Because of declines in its small range in Armenia, it was included into the Red Data Books of USSR (1984) - category 3 and Armenia (1987) - narrow-ranged rare species.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: Reformatted names of Assessor(s), Reviewer(s), Contributor(s), Facilitator(s) and/or Compiler(s).

Citation: Tok, V., Ugurtas, I.H., Sevinç, M., Böhme, W., Crochet, P.-A., Nilson, G., Akarsu, F. & Lymberakis, P. 2009. Ablepharus chernovi (errata version published in 2016). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T164622A86443519. . Downloaded on 19 September 2018.
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