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Abronia campbelli BRODIE & SAVAGE, 1993

IUCN Red List - Abronia campbelli - Critically Endangered, CR

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Higher TaxaAnguidae (Gerrhonotinae), Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Campbell's Alligator Lizard 
SynonymAbronia (Auriculabronia) campbelli BRODIE & SAVAGE 1993
Abronia campbelli — KÖHLER 2000: 37
Abronia campbelli — LOCK & TORRES 2016 
DistributionE Guatemala (elevation 1800-1900 m)

Type locality: Cerro Tablón de las Minas near La Pastoría, Jalapa, Guatemala

Habitat: dry oak forest  
TypesHolotype: UTA R-32000 
CommentMember of the subgenus Auriculabronia and most similar to A. aurita and A. anzuetoi.

Conservation: threatened, close to extinction.

Abundance: Rare. This is one of the species called 'lost' and 'rediscovered' by Lindken et al. 2024. 
EtymologyNamed after Jonathan A. Campbell (13 May 1947-), American herpetologist. 
  • Ariano-Sánchez, Christian & Melendez, Lester 2014. Baumschleichen der Gattung Abronia in Guatemala. Terraria-Elaphe 2014 (3): 44-48 - get paper here
  • Ariano-Sánchez, Daniel and Monica Torres-Almazán. 2010. Rediscovery of Abronia campbelli (Sauria: Anguidae) from a pine-oak forest in Southeastern Guatemala: Habitat characterization, natural history, and the conservation status. Herpetological Review 41 (3): 290-292 - get paper here
  • Augstenová, Barbora, Eleonora Pensabene, Lukáš Kratochvíl, and Michail Rovatsos. 2021. Cytogenetic Evidence for Sex Chromosomes and Karyotype Evolution in Anguimorphan Lizards. Cells 10, no. 7: 1612 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Brodie E D Jr; Savage R F 1993. A new species of Abronia (Squamata: Anguidae) from a dry oak forest in eastern Guatemala. Herpetologica 49 (4): 420-427 - get paper here
  • Campbell, Jonathan A., Mahmood Sasa, Manuel Acevedo and Joseph R. Mendelson, III. 1998. A new species of Abronia (Squamata: Anguidae) from the High Cuchumatanes of Guatemala. Herpetologica 54 (2): 221-234. - get paper here
  • Köhler, G. 2000. Reptilien und Amphibien Mittelamerikas, Bd 1: Krokodile, Schildkröten, Echsen. Herpeton Verlag, Offenbach, 158 pp.
  • Langner, Christian 2014. Baumschleichen der Gattung Abronia. Terraria-Elaphe 2014 (1): 14-26 (2013) - get paper here
  • Lindken T.; Anderson, C. V., Ariano-Sánchez, D., Barki, G., Biggs, C., Bowles, P., Chaitanya, R., Cronin, D. T., Jähnig, S. C., Jeschke, J. M., Kennerley, R. J., Lacher, T. E. Jr., Luedtke, J. A., Liu, C., Long, B., Mallon, D., Martin, G. M., Meiri, 2024. What factors influence the rediscovery of lost tetrapod species? Global Change Biology, 30: 1-18 - get paper here
  • Lock, Brad & Mónica Torres 2016. Projekt zum Schutz der vom Aussterben bedrohten Baumschleiche Abronia campbelli im Osten Guatemalas. Terraria-Elaphe 2016 (6): 72-79 - get paper here
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