Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species ranges from southeastern Jordan into the Arabian Peninsula, including much of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman (except the mountainous areas) and Iran (known only from the Mesopotamian Plain in the vicinity of Ahvaz). It is not known from Iraq. It occurs from sea level to around 1,000 m asl.
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Continent: Near-East
Distribution: SE Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Iran, S Iraq ?, Jordan  
Type locality: Plateau of Hadramut, SE Arabia.  nejdensis:
Type locality: "Nafud, near Qana, North Nejd, WNW of Hail, Saudi Arabia".  macropeltis:
Type locality: "Dhahran [Az Zahrãn], Saudi Arabia" [approximately 26º17' N, 50º12' E].
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species is found in areas of soft, wind-blown sand (Arnold 1980), but can also occur on harder and drier substrates with sparse vegetation. It is not found in rural agricultural areas. The females lay between one and two eggs in a clutch.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Phrynocephalus arabicus

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 6
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2012

Assessor/s
Soorae, P., Al Johany, A.M.H., Amr, Z.S.S., Anderson, S., Disi, A.M., Sharifi, M. & Papenfuss, T.

Reviewer/s
Cox, N.A. & Bowles, P.

Contributor/s
De Silva, R., Milligan, HT, Wearn, O.R., Wren, S., Zamin, T., Sears, J., Wilson, P., Lewis, S., Lintott, P. & Powney, G.

Justification
Phrynocephalus arabicus is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

History
  • 2010
    Least Concern
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Population

Population
This species is common in southern Jordan. It is common in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. There appears to be only a single record from Iran (S. Anderson pers. comm. September 2008).

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
There appear to be no major threats to this species.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species is present in Wadi Rum Reserve, Jordan. It is found in protected areas in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It has not been recorded from any protected areas in Iran. Additional studies are needed into the distribution, abundance, general ecology and threats to this little-known species.
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