Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Anguidae

Scientific Name: Abronia meledona
Species Authority: Campbell & Brodie, 1999

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2012-05-06
Assessor(s): Ariano-Sánchez, D., Acevedo, M. & Johnson, J.
Reviewer(s): Bowles, P.
This species is listed as Endangered because it has a very restricted distribution (extent of occurrence less than 900 km2), is present in one location, and is subject to a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat, mainly from agricultural activities.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This lizard is endemic to the mountains of southeastern Guatemala (Cerro Miramundo), where it can be found at elevations of 2,200 to 2,630 m asl. (Köhler 2003, Wilson and Johnson 2010). The area of Cerro Miramundo is around 900 km2 and the species' extent of occurrence is less than this, as it is restricted to the top of the mountain.
Countries occurrence:
Lower elevation limit (metres): 2200
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2630
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Population [top]

Population: There are no quantitative data on population size and trends for this species.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found in lower montane wet forest (Wilson and Johnson 2010).
Systems: Terrestrial
Movement patterns: Not a Migrant

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: It is suspected that this species may be included in the illegal pet trade (D. Ariano pers. comm. 2012).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threat to this species is habitat loss from agriculture. Installation of communication towers on the top of the mountain has led to construction of roads and deforestation (Ariano 2010). There is anecdotal evidence that it may be collected for illegal pet trade, but whether or not this constitutes a significant threat is unknown.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is present in one small private protected area (15 ha). There is an education program for the conservation of this species and a captive breeding program (D. Ariano pers. comm. 2012). Conservation needs include increased habitat protection and management, and better information on population trends.

Citation: Ariano-Sánchez, D., Acevedo, M. & Johnson, J. 2013. Abronia meledona. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T203017A2758604. . Downloaded on 13 October 2015.
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