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

Asaccus gallagheri | (Arnold, 1972)
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
Taxonomic Notes
Populations from the Eastern Hajar Mountains in Oman are now referred to A. arnoldi (Simó-Riudalbas et al. 2018).
Taxon distribution as listed in assessment
Within the United Arab Emirates, the species occurs throughout the Hajar Mountains from sea level to 600 m asl (Gardner 2013, Burriel-Carranza et al. in press). Globally, the species is endemic to the central and western Hajar Mountains, ranging from the Musandam Peninsula in Oman through the United Arab Emirates to Jebel Akhdar in Oman (Gardner 2013, Carranza et al. 2018). It has been found from sea level up to 1,700 m asl.
Habitats and Ecology
Ecological system type
Terrestrial system
Freshwater system
Marine system
Habitat details as listed in assessment
Rocky terrain in mountains and coastal wadis, and on small cliffs on open hillsides (Gardner 2013) from sea level to 600 m asl. The species has also been encountered on stony walls surrounding farms, on the external walls of houses and abandoned buildings within their distribution range. It is a small nocturnal species that predates on invertebrates. Breeding season is during spring and summer, with females laying a single egg that is glued to the surrounding surface at intervals of four weeks (Gardner 2013). The species is sexual dimorphic in that the adult males have a yellow tail and females a white tail with dark bands.
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Assessed status
Asessment status in full
Least Concern
Assessment status abreviation
Assessment rationale/justification
In the United Arab Emirates, this species is restricted to the Hajar Mountains, with an extent of occurrence (EOO) of 3,165 km<sup>2</sup> and an area of occupancy (AOO) of 168 km<sup>2</sup>. Populations are thought to be stable, and there are no known widespread threats. The species is assessed as Least Concern. 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 major threats to the species, except for localised quarrying which will not have a significant impact on the population throughout its area of occurrence.
Conservation Measures

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Scientific Name Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Asaccus gallagheri Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Phyllodactylidae Asaccus