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Six-lined Racerunner (Aspidoscelis sexlineata)


Overview

Overview

The six-lined racerunner (Aspidoscelis sexlineata) is a Special Concern species in Wisconsin. The species is characterized by its six, narrow, longitudinal, pale-yellow to greenish-yellow stripes running from the head to the base of the tail. The body has very fine scales that are not shiny, unlike those of the skinks. The species is generally found in dry and bluff prairie habitats with sandy or loose soil that contain sparse, scattered vegetation.

State status

Status and Natural Heritage Inventory documented occurrences in Wisconsin

The table below provides information about the protected status - both state and federal - and the rank (S and G Ranks) for Six-lined Racerunner (Aspidoscelis sexlineata). See the Working List Key for more information about abbreviations. Counties shaded blue have documented occurrences for this species in the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory database. The map is provided as a general reference of where occurrences of this species meet NHI data standards and is not meant as a comprehensive map of all observations.

Note: Species recently added to the NHI Working List may temporarily have blank occurrence maps.


Documented locations of Aspidoscelis sexlineata in the Natural Heritage Inventory Database as of July 2015.
Summary Information
State StatusSC/H
Federal Status in Wisconsinnone
State RankS2S3
Global RankG5
Tracked by NHIY
WWAP SGCN

Species guidance


A guidance document is not available at this time. Use the information from the other tabs and contact local biologists, as needed, to develop management and avoidance strategies.

Photos/Video

Photos


Six-lined Racerunner

The six-lined racerunner (WI Special Concern) inhabits dry prairies in western Wisconsin south of the Tension Zone.

Photo by Armund Bartz, WDNR.

Six-lined Racerunner

Six-lined Racerunners hatching

Photo © A.B. Sheldon.

Six-lined Racerunner

Juvenile Six-lined Racerunner

Photo © A.B. Sheldon.

Six-lined Racerunner

Juvenile Six-lined Racerunner

Photo © A.B. Sheldon.

Six-lined Racerunner

Six-lined Racerunner

Photo © A.B. Sheldon.

Six-lined Racerunner

Six-lined Racerunner

Photo © A.B. Sheldon.

Six-lined Racerunner

Six-lined Racerunner

Photo © A.B. Sheldon.

Six-lined Racerunner

Six-lined Racerunner

Photo © A.B. Sheldon.

Six-lined Racerunner

Photo © A.B. Sheldon.


Wildlife Action Plan

Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan graphic

Natural community (habitat) associations

The table below lists the natural communities that are associated with Six-lined Racerunner. Only natural communities for which Six-lined Racerunner is "high" (score=3) or "moderate" (score=2) associated are shown. See the key to association scores for complete definitions. Please see the Wildlife Action Plan to learn how this information was developed.

Ecological landscape associations

The table below lists the ecological landscape association scores for Six-lined Racerunner. The scores correspond to the map (3=High, 2=Moderate, 1=Low, 0=None). For more information, please see the Wildlife Action Plan.

This map shows the probability of Six-lined Racerunner occurring in each of Wisconsin's Ecological Landscapes.  Actual scores can be found in the table to the left.




Ecological landscape score
Western Coulee and Ridges 3

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Landscape-Community combinations of highest ecological priority*

Ecological priorities are the combinations of natural communities and ecological landscapes that provide Wisconsin's best opportunities to conserve important habitats for a given Species of Greatest Conservation Need. The 10 highest scoring combinations are considered ecological priorities and are listed below. More than 10 combinations are listed if multiple combinations tied for 10th place. For more information, please see the Wildlife Action Plan.


* Ecological priority score is a relative measure that is not meant for comparison between species. This score does not consider socio-economical factors that may dictate protection and/or management priorities differently than those determined solely by ecological analysis. Further, a low ecological priority score does not imply that management or preservation should not occur on a site if there are important reasons for doing so locally.

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Issues/threats and conservation actions

Conservation actions respond to issues or threats, which adversely affect species of greatest conservation need (SGCN) or their habitats. Besides actions such as restoring wetlands or planting resilient tree species in northern communities, research, surveys and monitoring are also among conservation actions described in the WWAP because lack of information can threaten our ability to successfully preserve and care for natural resources.

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Last revised: Thursday, May 04, 2017