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Celestus hylaius SAVAGE & LIPS, 1993

IUCN Red List - Celestus hylaius - Near Threatened, NT

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Higher TaxaDiploglossidae, Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymCelestus hylaius SAVAGE & LIPS 1993: 827
Celestus hylaius — KÖHLER 2000: 41
Celestus hylaius — KÖHLER 2008 
DistributionCosta Rica (Caribbean side), elevation 40-360 m

Type locality: La Selva Biological Station, 40 m elevation, Canton de Sarapiquí, Heredia, Costa Rica  
TypesHolotype: LACM 138541 
EtymologyNamed after the Greek word for “forest dweller”. 
  • Köhler, G. 2000. Reptilien und Amphibien Mittelamerikas, Bd 1: Krokodile, Schildkröten, Echsen. Herpeton Verlag, Offenbach, 158 pp.
  • Köhler, G. 2008. Reptiles of Central America. 2nd Ed. Herpeton-Verlag, 400 pp.
  • Lotzkat, Sebastian, Andreas Hertz and Gunther Köhler 2016. A new species of Celestus (Squamata: Anguidae) from western Panama. Mesoamerican Herpetology 3(4): 962–975 - get paper here
  • Savage, J.M. 2002. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Herpetofauna Between Two Continents, Between Two Seas. University of Chicago Press, 934 pp. [review in Copeia 2003 (1): 205]
  • Savage, J.M. & K.R. Lips 1993. A review of the status and biogeography of the lizard genera Celestus and Diploglossus (Squamata: Anguidae), with description of two new species from Costa Rica. Revista de Biologia Tropical 41 (3b): 817-842 - get paper here
  • Savage, JM; Lips, KR; Ibáñez RD 2008. A new species of Celestus from west-central Panama, with consideration of the status of the genera of the Anguidae: Diploglossinae (Squamata). Revista de Biologia Tropical 56 (2): 845-859 - get paper here
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