Ablepharus rueppellii 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Scincidae

Scientific Name: Ablepharus rueppellii (Gray, 1839)
Ablepharus kitaibellii ssp. rueppellii (Gray, 1839)
Taxonomic Notes: This species was formerly considered to be a subspecies of Ablepharus kitaibellii, but was raised to species rank by Schmidtler (1997). The taxonomy of this genus is currently under review (P. Lymberakis pers. comm).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Werner, Y.L., Disi, A.M., Mousa Disi, A., Crochet, P.-A. & Baha El Din, S.
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N. & Cox, N.A.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively 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 occurs in northern and central Israel, northern and western Jordan, and the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt (population in the southern Sinai Peninsula, and a single record from northeastern Sinai). There is an unconfirmed record from southern Lebanon (not mapped here). There are currently no records from Syria, although it is possible that the species is present in this country. It is found up to around 1,600 m asl (Sinai).
Countries occurrence:
Egypt; Israel; Jordan; Palestinian Territory, Occupied
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Population [top]

Population:It is a locally uncommon species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is found in the leaf litter of woodland, forested and shrubby humid areas. It is highly localised at specific sites with dense vegetation. In Egypt, it is found in vegetation surrounding oasis and similar microhabitats. It can be found in rural gardens and traditionally cultivated areas. It is an egg-laying species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species. There is some localised habitat loss through general deforestation. On Sinai, the loss of traditionally farmed orchards could have a negative impact.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is present in protected areas in Jordan, Israel and Egypt. It is protected by national legislation in Israel. There is a need for further research into the distribution range and taxonomy of this species (there may be two species present in Jordan).

Citation: Werner, Y.L., Disi, A.M., Mousa Disi, A., Crochet, P.-A. & Baha El Din, S. 2006. Ablepharus rueppellii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61451A12488345. . Downloaded on 21 June 2018.
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