The Panoche Valley is a globally important landscape and is the only remaining intact habitat for endangered upland San Joaquin Valley species like the giant kangaroo rat, San Joaquin kit fox and the blunt-nosed leopard lizard
. The new agreement recognizes the significant conservation value of the Panoche Valley, reduces the size of the project in this unique valley and moves half of the project to a better site outside of the valley.
Recovery of the blunt-nosed leopard lizard: past efforts, present knowledge, and future opportunities.
All lizards collected from the hybrid zone exhibited the mitochondrial signature of true blunt-nosed leopard lizards and together with other southern lizards formed a well-supported lineage that was distinct from the northern lizards (group 1; Figs.
The biologists marked areas containing concentrations of active Tipton kangaroo rat and blunt-nosed leopard lizard
burrows and surveyed for potential kit fox dens.
"Take from this project will jeopardize the existence of blunt-nosed leopard lizard
in this region, said Barry Sinervo PHD, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the leading expert on blunt-nosed leopard lizard