Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This gecko is endemic to several small islands off the coast of Belize (Khler 2003), where it is encountered at elevations ranging from sea level (Wilson and Johnson 2010) to 50 meters (Khler 2008) . It has been recorded from Half Moon Caye on Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Long Caye, and Twin Cayes on Glovers Reef Atoll, and on several cayes off southern Belize (Crawl Caye, False Caye, Lagoon Caye, Peter Douglas Caye, and West Snake Caye) (P. Walker unpubl. data).
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Continent: Middle-America
Distribution: Belize  
Type locality: Half Moon Key = Cay, Belize.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits littoral forest on small islands (Wilson and Johnson 2010). It is arboreal.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
VU
Vulnerable

Red List Criteria
B1ab(iii)

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2014

Assessor/s
Townsend, J.H. & Walker, P.

Reviewer/s
Bowles, P.

Contributor/s

Justification
This species is assessed as Vulnerable because it has a small extent of occurrence (<5,000 km2), occurs in more than 5 but fewer than 10 locations (all of which are tiny low lying islands), is restricted to intact habitat, and is suffering from ongoing declines inferred from habitat loss due to tourist development. Presumably this species can persist in small patches of habitat, so the distribution probably should be regarded as not severely fragmented.
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Population

Population
This species is inferred to be declining due to the continual loss of forest on the islands where it occurs, although it is thought likely to be able to persist in small forest fragments.

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
This species is threatened by habitat destruction caused by development for tourism facilities. Because it occurs on low-lying islands, it is threatened by sea level rise and associated storm surge.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species occurs within some protected areas. Among conservation needs is the protection of littoral forest on cayes where this species occurs.
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