IUCN Species of the Day: Doumergue’s Skink

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Photo credit: Robert Sindaco

Doumergue’s Skink, Chalcides parallelus, is listed as ‘ENDANGERED’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. This medium-sized skink occurs along a narrow coastal strip of North Africa, from north-eastern Morocco to north-western Algeria, and is also found on the nearby Chafarinas Islands, Spain.

This species occupies a narrow and severely fragmented range, and is believed to be uncommon. Its habitat is likely to be under threat from coastal development, and may also be declining in quality due to the removal of driftwood for fuel, which reduces available ground cover for the species.

Doumergue’s Skink occurs in a number of protected areas, including the Chafarine Hunting Reserve in the Chafarinas Islands, and the Sebkha Bou Areg and Embouchure Moulouya protected areas in Morocco. However, no specific conservation measures are currently in place for this poorly-known species.

Geographic Range of the Doumergue’s Skink

Credit: IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™

To learn more about the Doumergue’s Skink, click here.  Or visit the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ by clicking their logo below.

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