Ablepharus deserti


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Ablepharus deserti
Species Authority: Strauch, 1868
Common Name(s):
English Desert Lidless Skink
Ablepharus tenuis Nikolsky, 1915
Ablepharus turkestanicus Ahl, 1925

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-06-30
Assessor(s): Anderson, S.C.
Reviewer(s): Böhm, M., Collen, B. & Ram, M. (Sampled Red List Index Coordinating Team)
Contributor(s): De Silva, R., Milligan, H.T., Wearn, O.R., Wren, S., Zamin, T., Sears, J., Wilson, P., Lewis, S., Lintott, P. & Powney, G.
Ablepharus deserti has been assessed as Least Concern owing to its wide distribution across the drylands of central Asia. No specific threats have been reported and this species is not undergoing significant population declines.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species inhabits Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, east Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan (Bobrov 2005). It has been observed on eastern and western slopes, between an altitude of 1,200 and 1,500 m above sea level (Kolbintzev 1999), but can extend up to 2,000 m.
Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan
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Population [top]

Population: There is no population information available for this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species inhabits deserts (Bobrov 2005). At 2,000 m above sea level, it is known to live on dry-south exposed slopes with xerophytic steppe characterized by Ferula, Rosa, Honeysuckle, Cotoneaster, and Spirea. This species is diurnal and oviparous, with observed clutch sizes between 1-11 eggs (Kolbintzev 1999).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is unlikely that any major threat is impacting this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

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

Citation: Anderson, S.C. 2010. Ablepharus deserti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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