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

Acanthodactylus schmidti | Haas, 1957
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 widespread throughout the sandy areas from western Abu Dhabi to Ras Al Khaimah (Arnold 1984, Gardener 2013, Burriel-Carranza et al. in press). It occurs from sea level to 400 m asl. Globally, this species ranges from southern and eastern Jordan and southeastern Iraq and southwestern Iran (Khuzestan and Fars Provinces), into the Arabian Peninsula (Sindaco and Jerem√§¬ćenko 2008). It has been recorded from lowland areas in Iran, possibly below 200 m asl, it can be found up to 1,000 m asl (Saudi Arabia).
Habitats and Ecology
Ecological system type
Terrestrial system
Freshwater system
Marine system
Habitat details as listed in assessment
This species is found in open desert dune areas of soft (aeolian) sand, sand sheets and interdunal plains. It is a diurnal species that is active throughout the year. They prey on invertebrates. It has burrows close to the roots of bushes and other vegetation. Breeding occurs during spring and summer with females laying one to two elongated soft-shelled eggs per clutch. Females may lay multiple clutches throughout the breeding season.
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Assessed status
Asessment status in full
Least Concern
Assessment status abreviation
Assessment rationale/justification
Within the United Arab Emirates, this species is widespread throughout the sandy areas from western Abu Dhabi to Ras Al Khaimah, and there are no significant threats. The species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, 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).
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
Although impacted locally by a range of threats, there are no significant threats to this widespread and common species that will cause a severe decline in the overall population.
Conservation Measures

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