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Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is distributed from the western Andes along the dry Pacific coast from Ecuador to Chile (Myers and Hoogmoed 1974). Its estimated extent of occurrence is approximately 200,000 km2.
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Physical Description

Type Information

Holotype for Alsophis elegans
Catalog Number: USNM 12351
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Amphibians & Reptiles
Preparation: Ethanol
Locality: Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador, South America
  • Holotype: Cope, E. D. 1868. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia. 20 (2): 104.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits coastal desert areas (Myers and Hoogmoed 1974). In a study of the herpetofauna of the equatorial dry forest ecoregion of Peru, the species was found to be restricted to savanna dry forest (Venegas 2005).

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
2011

Assessor/s
Richman, N. & Böhm, M.

Reviewer/s
Collen, B. & Ram, M.

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

Justification
Pseudalsophis elegans has been assessed as Least Concern due to its large distribution. While this species is undergoing localised habitat loss and degradation in some parts of its range, at present this loss is unlikely to be causing significant declines to the global population.
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Population

Population
There are no population data available for this species.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
In some parts of its range, this species is threatened by habitat degradation from agricultural expansion and urban expansion (Polk et al. 2005). However, these are localised effects only and are unlikely to be causing significant global population declines at present.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
Parts of this species' distribution range coincide with protected areas. No further conservation measures are needed at present.
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