Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species occurs in Liberia, Sierra Leone and inland Guinea (Gans 1987). No locality data is available for Sierra Leone, where the only known record dates from 1914 (Gans 1987). Böhme et al. (2011) reported a new record for Ziama Forest in southern Guinea, and the species has also been found in the country's northeast (L. Chirio pers. comm. 2012). It appears to have a wide but localized distribution in the Guinean savanna and forest zones.
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Continent: Africa
Distribution: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea  
Type locality: ‘‘Liberia’’.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Specimens were collected at a depth of 30 cm in savanna and in very poorly compacted soil (Gans 1987); the savanna within this lizard's range is humid Guinean savanna. It may also occur in decayed wood (Gans 1987). A specimen tentatively referred to this species by Böhme et al. (2011) was found in the stomach of a roadkilled snake in Ziama Forest, a rainforest area of southeastern Guinea. Two other specimens were found in gallery forest (L. Chirio unpubl. data).

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
2013

Assessor/s
Chirio, L.

Reviewer/s
Bowles, P.

Contributor/s

Justification
This species is listed Least Concern as it is likely to be widespread and no major threats are known.
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Population

Population
This species is known from a few apparently isolated localities, but it is possible that these subpopulations are connected, and that the lack of records reflects the lizard's elusive nature.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
Gallery forest where this species occurs is cleared for agricultural purposes, however, this species does not appear to be wholly reliant on this habitat.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
No major conservation measures are required. Research is needed to clarify the distribution of this lizard.
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