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Celestus carraui (INCHAÚSTEGUI, 1985)

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Higher TaxaDiploglossidae, Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
SynonymDiploglossus carraui INCHAÚSTEGUI, SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1985: 196
Diploglossus carraui — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 403
Celestus carraui — POWELL et al. 1996: 65
Celestus warreni carraui — HALLERMANN & BÖHME 2002 
DistributionHispaniola (N Dominican Republic)

Type locality: Comedero, La Isabela, Puerto Plata Province, República Dominicana.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 197369. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A species of Diploglossus characterized by: 1) large size (snout-vent length to 283 mm in males; females unknown); 2) throat and venter pale creamy with scat- tered dark brown markings, either toward the centers of ventral scales or along their edges, the markings randomly placed in each individual; 3) head scales not outlined in black; 4) nuchal scales posterior to enlarged head scales without dark pigment along median sutures so that neck region is not obviously lineate; 5) supralabial intercalated scales absent [from INCHAÚSTEGUI et al. 1985]. 
CommentFor illustrations see Henderson, 1988. POWELL & HENDERSON (2003) synonymized C. carraui with C. warreni. 
Etymologynamed after Dr. José Antonio Carrau who collected the types. 
  • Hallermann, J. & W. Böhme 2002. On giant anguids from the West Indies with special reference to Celestus warreni ( Schwartz, 1970) and its relatives from Hispaniola (Reptilia: Squamata: Anguidae). Mitt. Hamb. Zool. Mus. Inst. 99: 169-178
  • Henderson, R. W. 1988. Diploglossus carraui Inchaustegui, Schwartz, and Henderson. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles (425. - get paper here
  • Inchaústegui, S. J., A. Schwartz, and R. W. Henderson. 1985. Hispaniolan giant Diploglossus (Sauria: Anguidae): Description of a new species and notes on the ecology of D. warreni. Amphibia-Reptilia 6: 195-201. - get paper here
  • Powell, R. & Henderson, R.W. 2003. The taxonomic and conservation status of Giant Hispaniolan Celestus (Anguidae). Carib. J. Sci. 39: 237-240
  • Powell, R., R. W. Henderson, K. Adler, And H. A. Dundee. 1996. An annotated checklist of West Indian amphibians and reptiles. In R. Powell and R. W. Henderson (eds.), Contributions to West Indian Herpetology: A Tribute to Albert Schwartz, p.51-93. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Ithaca (New York). Contributions to Herpetology, volume 12.
  • Powell, Robert, José A. Ottenwalder, Sixto J. Incháustegui, Robert W. Henderson and Richard E. Glor. 2000. Amphibians and reptiles of the Dominican Republic: Species of special concern. Oryx. 34 (2): 118-128
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
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