Gallotia stehlini


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Gallotia stehlini
Species Authority: (Schenkel, 1901)
Common Name(s):
English Gran Canaria Giant Lizard
Spanish Lagarto de Gran Canaria, Lagarto De Gran Canaria

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2008-12-14
Assessor(s): Jose Antonio Mateo Miras, Valentin Pérez-Mellado, Iñigo Martínez-Solano
Reviewer(s): Cox, N. and Temple, H.J. (Global Reptile Assessment)
Listed as Least Concern because, although its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, it is common, occurs in habitats that are not significantly threatened, and does not appear to be in decline.
2006 Least Concern (IUCN 2006)
2006 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the island of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands of Spain. There are additional introduced populations of the species on Fuerteventura. There are also records of introduced animals from Gomera and La Palma, but it is not clear that these represent established populations, and so they are not mapped. It is present from sea level to over 1,850m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: It is an abundant species.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is present in a wide variety of habitats. It occurs in open areas, shrubland, rocky humid gorges. The species is absent from forested areas. In Fuerteventura it is found in agricultural areas. It is an egg-laying species.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although this species is generally still abundant, it is impacted by predation by feral cats and rats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is protected by international legislation. It is occurs in a number of protected areas.

Citation: Jose Antonio Mateo Miras, Valentin Pérez-Mellado, Iñigo Martínez-Solano 2009. Gallotia stehlini. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 28 March 2015.
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