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Abronia campbelli

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA REPTILIA SQUAMATA ANGUIDAE

Scientific Name: Abronia campbelli
Species Authority: Brodie & Savage, 1993
Common Name/s:
English Campbell's Alligator Lizard

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(iii,v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2012-05-06
Assessor/s: Ariano-Sánchez, D., Johnson, J. & Acevedo, M.
Reviewer/s: Bowles, P.
Justification:
This species is listed as Critically Endangered because it has a very restricted distribution (about 18 km2), occurs at only one location, and is subject to a continuing decline in the extent and quality of the habitat due to cattle raising, and in the number of mature individuals due to the illegal pet trade.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This lizard is endemic to eastern Guatemala, in Potrero Carrillo, department of Jalapa, where it can be found at elevations of 1,800 to 1,900 meters (Köhler 2003, Wilson and Johnson 2010, Ariano and Torres 2010). The extent of occurrence is estimated to be 18 km2 (Ariano and Torres 2010).
Countries:
Native:
Guatemala
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Population [top]

Population: The total estimated population size (from sampling the adults in remnant trees) is approximately 500 individuals (Ariano and Torres 2010). Exploitation for the international pet trade is presumed to be leading to a decline in the number of mature individuals, given the small population size and the numbers recorded in trade.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The habitat of this lizard is pine-oak forest of lower montane moist forest (Köhler 2003, Wilson and Johnson 2010). Oak trees occur as remnants in this area, with as few as 406 trees recorded within the lizard's range (Ariano and Torres 2010).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threats to this species are habitat loss and degradation from cattle raising and collection for the pet trade. In addition, the oak trees where the species occurs are affected by pollution from chemical runoffs from pig farms.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Approximately 18 percent of the habitat of this species is included in a private reserve (D. Ariano pers. comm. 2012). There are ongoing education programs for the conservation of this species, as well as captive breeding.
Citation: Ariano-Sánchez, D., Johnson, J. & Acevedo, M. 2013. Abronia campbelli. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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