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

Acanthodactylus haasi | Leviton & Anderson, 1967
Countries in Assessment
United Arab Emirates
Country ISO code(s)
Does the assessment cover a marine EEZ area(s)?
Scope (Assessment)
Taxonomic Group
Taxonomic Group Level 2
Assessed taxon level
Taxon distribution as listed in assessment
Within the United Arab Emirates, this species is localised and uncommon in widely scattered localities in the Abu Dhabi Emirate (Gardner 2013, Burriel-Carranza et al. in press). It occurs from sea level to 200 m asl. The species is endemic to the Arabian Peninsula (Haas 1957, Salvador 1982), where it is also found in central Oman and northern and eastern Saudi Arabia, around Dhahran and Sakaka (Leviton et al. 1992, Carranza et al. 2018).
Habitats and Ecology
Ecological system type
Terrestrial system
Freshwater system
Marine system
Habitat details as listed in assessment
The species prefers vegetated sandy plains and low dunes (Gardner 2013). A ground-dwelling and diurnal species, it is known to climb in low vegetation, which is considered unusual for the genus (Leviton et al. 1992, Gardner 2013). This behaviour may allow an extended activity duration on hot days by getting off the hot sand and getting access to prey (Gardner 2013). They dig burrows at the base of small shrubs.
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Assessed status
Asessment status in full
Data deficient
Assessment status abreviation
Assessment rationale/justification
This species is endemic to the Arabian Peninsula, and within the United Arab Emirates, the species is localised and uncommon in widely scattered localities in Abu Dhabi Emirate, where it occurs from sea level to 200 m asl. The species is considered Data Deficient as it is known from only a few specimens within its wide distribution range and there is a lack of available data on the species ecology, threats, and population size and trend. 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).
About the assessment
Assessment year
Assessors/contributors/reviewers listed
UAE National Red List Workshop
Affliation of assessor(s)/contributors/reviewers listed on assessment
Assessor affiliation specific
Criteria system
Criteria system specifics
IUCN v3.1 + Regional Guidelines v4.0
Criteria system used
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.
Endemic to region
Endemism Notes
Is an endemic?: Not_assigned
Threats listed in assessment
There are no confirmed threats impacting this species, although based on its distribution it is presumed that some populations may be at risk due to urban development. Four of the five known localities are away from the main areas of intensive urban development.
Conservation Measures

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Scientific Name Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Acanthodactylus haasi Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Lacertidae Acanthodactylus