Animal Biodiversity and Conservation. Volume 31.2 (2008) Pages: 63-70

Population and conservation strategies for the Chinese crocodile lizard (Shinisaurus crocodilurus) in China

Huang, C. M., Yu, H., Wu, Z. J., Li, Y., Wei, F. W., Gong, M. H.

Abstract

The Chinese crocodile lizard (Shinisaurus crocodilurus) is an unusual anguimorph lizard found mainly in China. Transect surveys estimate a total wild population of about 950 individuals in China. This is a dramatic decrease compared with previous surveys. At present, there are only eight areas of distribution. No Chinese crocodile lizards have been found in four former areas for several years. Investigations have demonstrated that poaching has contributed directly to the population decline. Habitat destruction, and in particular water flow, is the second most important factor. Mining, small scale dam construction, electro-fishing and poisoning of fish in the stream also contribute to population decline. Therefore, educating local people, punishing illegal poaching, and strengthening scientific research are urgent.

Keywords

Chinese crocodile lizard (Shinisaurus crocodilurus), Population survey, Threatening factors, Conservation strategy

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Huang, C. M., Yu, H., Wu, Z. J., Li, Y., Wei, F. W., Gong, M. H., 2008. Population and conservation strategies for the Chinese crocodile lizard (Shinisaurus crocodilurus) in China. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, 31: 63-70

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