Annales Zoologici Fennici, Volume (56), No (6), Year (2019-11) , Pages (93-106)

Title : ( Conservation of Pleske's Racerunner (Eremias pleskei) in a Changing Climate )

Authors: Azita Farashi , Mohamad Alizadeh Noughani ,

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Although reptiles are the most diverse group of terrestrial vertebrates, crucial data on their extinction risks are lacking. The reptile species assessed by IUCN are only a fraction of those at risk of extinction. Thus, conservation planning and management decisions are hindered by the lack of ecological information on the species’ distribution patterns and their habitat requirements. Pleske’s racerunner (Eremias pleskei) is a rare and critically endangered species known to occur exclusively in the eastern Anatolian Montane Steppe ecoregion. In this study, we used ten species distribution model algo- rithms and 62 climate change scenarios (from 19 global climate models under four representative concentration pathways) to predict future habitat suitability for Pleske’s racerunner in the Anatolian Montane Steppe ecoregion. Our results indicate that this species may in future migrate from its current distribution range towards the central and western areas of the Anatolian Montane Steppe ecoregion. Our results also show that the variation in the temperature-related variables in suitable habitats will increase in future as compared with the current conditions. It seems that due to climate change, in future, deserts will be appropriate for this species. The same mechanisms, however, will make some of its current habitats unsuitable. Dealing with uncertainties in climate change and species distribution modeling is a major challenge when planning strategies for species’ conservation. We recommend conservation measures to be implemented to make sure that E. pleskei’s current habitats are suitable for it also in future.


Conservation Pleske’s racerunner Eremias pleskei
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author = {Farashi, Azita and Alizadeh Noughani, Mohamad},
title = {Conservation of Pleske's Racerunner (Eremias pleskei) in a Changing Climate},
journal = {Annales Zoologici Fennici},
year = {2019},
volume = {56},
number = {6},
month = {November},
issn = {0003-455X},
pages = {93--106},
numpages = {13},
keywords = {Conservation Pleske’s racerunner Eremias pleskei},


%0 Journal Article
%T Conservation of Pleske's Racerunner (Eremias pleskei) in a Changing Climate
%A Farashi, Azita
%A Alizadeh Noughani, Mohamad
%J Annales Zoologici Fennici
%@ 0003-455X
%D 2019