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Celestus agasepsoides (THOMAS, 1971)

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Higher TaxaDiploglossidae, Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SynonymDiploglossus agasepsoides THOMAS 1971:2.
Sauresia agasepsoides — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 462
Celestus agasepsoides — WHITE & POWELL 1996
Sauresia agasepsoides — WIENS & SLINGLUFF 2001
Celestus agasepsoides — POWELL & HENDERSON 2012 
DistributionHispaniola (SW Dominican Republic)

Type locality: Barreras, Azua Province, República Dominicana.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 166964. 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Size small (SVL to 71 mm); habitus very attenuate; scales mental to vent 102-117; midbody scales 27-29; angular subocular usually between supra-labials 5/6; limbs very short, 4 digits on each limb; scales in loreal series 3; subdigital lamellae flattened, nontuberculate; parietal scales rather widely separated; circumorbital series 8-9 (mode 8); dorsals striate, not keeled; laterals and ventrals with much weaker striae; tail very elongate, thin, 2 or more x SVL. Dorsum with pale middorsal zone gray to tan, with or without scattered dark flecking, sharply set off from dark brown sides along dorsolateral line from canthus rostralis onto tail; upper side of head suffused with dark pigment, somewhat obscuring line of juncture from eyes anteriorly; lateral dark color fades ventrally because pigment restricted to centers of scales, resulting in more or less lineate ventral pattern; midventralmost 3-4 rows of scales lightly flecked with dark pigment; infralabial and lateral gular regions transversely barred; limbs dark above, lighter below (Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 462). 
CommentIllustrations see Thomas, 1971.

Limb morphology: 4 digits on each limb. 
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
  • Thomas, R. 1971. A new species of Diploglossus (Sauria: Anguidae) from Hispaniola. Occas. Pap. Mus.. Zool. Louisiana State Univ. 40: 1-9. - get paper here
  • White L R; Powell R 1996. Celestus agasepsoides. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles 627: 1-2 - get paper here
  • Wiens, J. J., and J. L. Slingluff 2001. How lizards turn into snakes: a phylogenetic analysis of body-form evolution in anguid lizards. Evolution 55: 2303–2318 - get paper here
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