Acanthodactylus gongrorhynchatus | UAE National Red List of Herpetofauna: Amphibians & Terrestrial Reptiles, Sea Snakes & Marine Turtles

Publication
UAE National Red List of Herpetofauna: Amphibians & Terrestrial Reptiles, Sea Snakes & Marine Turtles
Location
Scope (Assessment)
National
Countries in Assessment
Country ISO code(s)
ARE
Does the assessment cover a marine EEZ area(s)?
Off
Is there a map available in assessment?
Yes
Ecological system type
Terrestrial system
No
Freshwater system
No
Marine system
No
Habitat
Habitat details as listed in assessment
The species is found in aeolian sand habitats, including sandy plains, sand sheets and dunes (Gardner 2013). It is a diurnal and ground-dwelling species. During hot seasons, activity starts one to two hours after sunrise and continues for four to five hours, with another period of activity in the late afternoon (Gardner 2013). The species predates on invertebrates. Burrows are dug into the sand often on firm, sloping surfaces or at the base of vegetation (Gardner 2013). No information is known about their reproduction, presumed similar to other Acanthodactylus species.
Taxon
Taxa
Acanthodactylus gongrorhynchatus | Leviton & Anderson, 1967
Taxonomic Group
Vertebrates
Taxonomic Group Level 2
Reptiles
Assessed taxon level
Species
Taxon distribution as listed in assessment
Within the United Arab Emirates, this species is widespread with scattered localities throughout the sandy areas from near the western borders of Abu Dhabi with Saudi Arabia to Al Ain and Dubai (Gardner 2013, Burriel-Carranza et al. in press). It occurs from sea level to 400 m asl.This species is endemic to the Arabian Peninsula, where it has been recorded from eastern Saudi Arabia and western United Arab Emirates (Sindaco and Jerem√§¬ćenko 2008). There are at present no records from Oman, but presence there is likely.
Assessed status
Asessment status in full
Least Concern
Assessment status abreviation
LC
About the assessment
Assessment year
2018
Assessors/contributors/reviewers listed
UAE National Red List Workshop
Affliation of assessor(s)/contributors/reviewers listed on assessment
Government
IGO
Assessor affiliation specific
Government|IGO
Assessment rationale/justification
Within the United Arab Emirates, this species is widespread, with scattered localities throughout the sandy areas (aeolian sand habitats, including sandy plains, sand sheets and dunes) from near the western borders of Abu Dhabi with Saudi Arabia to Al Ain and Dubai. The species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category. This taxon is not a non-breeding visitor, and it is presumed that any immigration from populations outside the UAE is not significant, and therefore there is no adjustment to the Category according to the IUCN regional and national Guidelines (IUCN 2012).
Criteria system
Criteria system specifics
IUCN v3.1 + Regional Guidelines v4.0
Criteria system used
IUCN
Criteria Citation
IUCN. 2012. IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria: Version 3.1, Second edition. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. iv + 32pp pp. And IUCN. 2012. Guidelines for Application of IUCN Red List Criteria at Regional and National Levels: Version 4.0. Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK: IUCN. iii + 41pp.
Endemism
Endemic to region
Not_assigned
Endemism Notes
Is an endemic?: Not_assigned
Conservation
Threats listed in assessment
The species is threatened with real estate development in the United Arab Emirates.
Conservation Measures

Conservation measures:
Conservation measures notes:
Required conservation measures:

Verified entry
Off
Scientific Name Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Acanthodactylus gongrorhynchatus Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Lacertidae Acanthodactylus