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Anniella pulchra (nigra) - Black Legless Lizard

 






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No longer recognized as a subspecies of Anniella pulchra.

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Habitat
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Coastal dunes habitat, Monterey County
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Protected dunes habitat, Monterey County  
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  Black Legless lizards burrow into Monterey County sand dunes.  
Description
For a description of this subspecies, see Anniella pulchra.

Taxonomy
Family Anniellidae North American Legless Lizards
Genus Anniella North American Legless Lizards
Species pulchra California Legless Lizard
Subspecies


(nigra) (Black Legless Lizard)
Alternate Names
This lizard is now considered to be a melanistic form of Anniella pulchra - California Legless Lizard. It will still be labelled as A. p.nigra - Black Legless Lizard in older texts.

Related or Similar California Lizards
California Legless Lizard

More Information and References
Natureserve Explorer

California Dept. of Fish and Game

Stebbins, Robert C., and McGinnis, Samuel M.  Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of California: Revised Edition (California Natural History Guides) University of California Press, 2012.

Stebbins, Robert C. California Amphibians and Reptiles. The University of California Press, 1972.

Stebbins, Robert C. A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians. 3rd Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003.

Behler, John L., and F. Wayne King. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Reptiles and Amphibians. Alfred A. Knopf, 1992.

Powell, Robert., Joseph T. Collins, and Errol D. Hooper Jr. A Key to Amphibians and Reptiles of the Continental United States and Canada. The University Press of Kansas, 1998.

Conservation Status

The following status listings come from the Special Animals List which is published several times each year by the California Department of Fish and Game.

The Special Animals List recognizes two subspecies of Anniella pulchra - A. p. pulchra, and A. p. nigra. The listing for A. p. pulchra can be found here.
Organization
Status Listing
U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) None
California Endangered Species Act (CESA) None  
California Department of Fish and Game SSC California Species of Special Concern
Bureau of Land Management None  
USDA Forest Service S Sensitive
Natureserve Global Conservation Status Ranks G3G4T2T3QS2 Vulnerable
World Conservation Union - IUCN Red List




None  
 

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