Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is endemic to Mexico, where it ranges eastwards from the eastern perimeter of the valley of Mexico to the Sierra Madre Oriental in the State of Veracruz. It ranges between 2,900 and 4,400 m asl.
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Continent: Middle-America
Distribution: Mexico (Oaxaca, Puebla, México, Veracruz N Hidalgo), elevation 3000-4500 m.  
Type locality: Cofre de Perote, near Cruz Blanca, Veracruz.
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Physical Description

Type Information

Paratype for Sceloporus bicanthalis
Catalog Number: USNM 47280
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Amphibians & Reptiles
Preparation: Ethanol
Year Collected: 1893
Locality: Mt. Popocatepetl, México, Mexico
  • Paratype: Smith, H. M. 1937. Occ. Paps. Mus. Zool. Univ. Mich. 361: 6.
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Paratype for Sceloporus bicanthalis
Catalog Number: USNM 47395
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Amphibians & Reptiles
Preparation: Ethanol
Year Collected: 1894
Locality: Reyes, Oaxaca, Mexico
Elevation (m): 3109 to 3109
  • Paratype: Smith, H. M. 1937. Occ. Paps. Mus. Zool. Univ. Mich. 361: 6.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species is associated with macoyos grassland habitats (bunched-grass) within open pine forests. It can be found in both primary and secondary habitat, but it is absent from heavily disturbed areas. It is a viviparous species.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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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
2007

Assessor/s
Flores-Villela, O. & Santos-Barrera, G.

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

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Justification
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
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Population

Population
This species is moderately common within its restricted range.

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
It has been recorded from the Pico de Orizaba Parque Nacional. There are no conservation measures needed for this species.
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