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

Asaccus gardneri | Carranza, Simó-Riudalbas, Jayasinghe, Wilms & Els, 2016
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, the species occurs along the northeastern Hajar Mountains, north of the Masafi/Dibba depression towards the Musandam Peninsula, Oman, where records are from 100 m to 600 m asl (Gardner 2013, Burriel-Carranza et al. in press). This species is endemic to Oman and the United Arab Emirates. The species range extends in the Hajar Mountains from the Musandam Peninsula, Oman, to the northeastern United Arab Emirates (Carranza et al. 2016). It occurs from sea level to 1,000 m.
Habitats and Ecology
Ecological system type
Terrestrial system
Freshwater system
Marine system
Habitat details as listed in assessment
This is a strictly nocturnal species that has been found on the rocky sides of wadis, stony substrates, lower down on large boulders, and hiding in caves (Carranza et al. 2016). The species occurs from 100 m to 600 m asl. The species lays a single egg in summer that is glued to a rock. In captivity, females laid eggs every three to eight weeks from spring to autumn (Gardner 2013).
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Assessed status
Asessment status in full
Least Concern
Assessment status abreviation
Assessment rationale/justification
This species is endemic to the Hajar Mountains, from the Musandam Peninsula in Oman to the northeastern United Arab Emirates. Although impacted locally by quarrying, with a restricted known area of occupancy, there are no significant widespread threats, and the species is considered 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 direct threats to the species, although limited quarrying is known from certain areas within the species range.
Conservation Measures

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