Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is endemic to Mexico, where it ranges in the Sierra Peña Nevada in southern Nuevo Leon and Sierra La Gloria, in southwestern Tamaulipas. It has an elevational range of 2,550 to 2,880 m asl.
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Continent: Middle-America
Distribution: Mexico (Cerro Pena Nevada area of Nuevo Leon; vicinity of Tapalpa, Tamaulipas)  
Type locality: 11.1 mi. (17.0 Km) SW Zaragoza, at Rancho La Encantada, Nuevo León, México. Elevation: 9300 ft (2835 m).
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Physical Description

Type Information

Paratype for Sceloporus chaneyi
Catalog Number: USNM 325052
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Amphibians & Reptiles
Sex/Stage: Male;
Preparation: Ethanol
Year Collected: 1982
Locality: San Antonio de Pena Nevada, 19.6 km NE of, at Puerto Pena Nevada, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Elevation (m): 2652 to 2652
  • Paratype: Liner, E. A. & Dixon, J. R. 1992. Texas Journal of Science. 44 (4): 421, figure 2.
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Paratype for Sceloporus chaneyi
Catalog Number: USNM 325051
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Amphibians & Reptiles
Sex/Stage: Female;
Preparation: Ethanol
Year Collected: 1985
Locality: La Encantada, 1.4 km SW of, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Elevation (m): 2800 to 2800
  • Paratype: Liner, E. A. & Dixon, J. R. 1992. Texas Journal of Science. 44 (4): 421, figure 2.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species is present in arid areas of pine-oak forest and chaparral. It can be found in the axils of agaves. It is not found in disturbed habitats. It is an oviparous species.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
EN
Endangered

Red List Criteria
B1ab(iii)

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2007

Assessor/s
Mendoza-Quijano, F.

Reviewer/s
Cox, N., Chanson, J.S. & Stuart, S.N. (Global Reptile Assessment Coordinating Team)

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Justification
Listed as Endangered because its extent of occurrence is much less than 5,000 km², its distribution is considered to be severely fragmented in the future, and there is projected to be a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
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Population

Population
It is a common species.

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
The species is potentially threatened by loss or severe fragmentation of habitat through agricultural expansion within the region in the near future.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
There is work underway to designate a protected areas in the region of the Sierra Peña Nevada where this species occurs. Further research is needed into the ecology of this species.
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