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101. Homonota taragui

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Homonota taragui is currently known only from one location in the hills of Paraje Tres Cerros in Argentina, which is a unique basaltic formation consisting of three isolated rock islands.

Homonota taragui is believed to be endemic to Paraje Tres Cerros as surveys of surrounding locations have failed to find evidence of this species. Egg clutches laid by females in captivity consist of only a single egg. In the wild these clutches are laid under rocks above cockroach droppings, and are always found with one to three adult individuals.

The habitat in which this species survives is subject to threat from quarrying for road building and the savanna is subject to rice cultivation and the associated reservoir cultivation. Tourism in the future could also be a potential threat.

Homonota taragui is not known from any protected areas and therefore protection of their habitat is a primary target for conservation measures.

  • Order: Squamata
  • Family: Phyllodactylidae
  • Population: Common
  • Trend: unknown
  • Size: 42mm

EDGE Score

EDGE Score: 5.51 (?)
ED Score: 14.418 (?)
GE / IUCN Red List (?)
Not Evaluated Data Deficient Least Concern Near Threatened Vulnerable Endangered Critically Endangered Extinct in the Wild Extinct

Distribution

The species is found in Argentina at elevations between 140-170 metres above sea level in the Corrientes Province.

Habitat and Ecology

This species is found in Chaco habitats, characterized by savanna dominated by grasses and small scattered patches of hydrophilic forest. Individuals are found under rocks that lay on a rocky substrate.

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