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Celestus barbouri GRANT, 1940

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Higher TaxaDiploglossidae, Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SynonymCelestus barbouri GRANT 1940: 101
Diploglossus barbouri
Celestus barbouri — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 367
Celestus barbouri — WILSON 2011
Celestus barbouri — SCHOOLS & HEDGES 2021 

Type locality: Mandeville, Manchester Parish, Jamaica.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 45169. 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Size moderate (SVL in males to 106 mm, in females to 94 mm); limbs relatively short; nasal excluded from rostral; frontal broader than long; ventrals smooth; ventral scales between mental and vent 118-150; dorsal scales striate and keeled; scales around midbody 47-56; fourth toe lamellae 12-14; angular sub-ocular usually between supralabials 6/7, more uncommonly 7/8. Top of head olive-brown to reddish olive, without markings; dorsal ground color brown, olive-brown, or coppery brown with about 20 darker, brown to black, posteriorly pointing chevrons; arms of chevrons widen on pale olive sides, leaving between them bars and dots of buff to greenish yellow; posteriorly, pattern becomes irregular; tail translucent reddish brown basally, dark brown distally; venter ivory to yellowish; chin, throat, and thorax marked with pearl-gray (Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 367). 
EtymologyNamed after Thomas Barbour (1884-1946), Associate Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians (1923), and, later, Director (1927) of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Cousens, Penny Norseen 1956. Notes on the Jamaican and Cayman Island lizards of the genus Celestus. Breviora (56): 1-6 - get paper here
  • Grant, C. 1940. The herpetology of Jamaica Il. The reptiles. Bull. Inst. Jamaica., Sci. Ser. 1: 61-148.
  • Loveridge, Arthur 1946. Thomas Barbour, Herpetologist: 1884-1946. Herpetologica 3 (2): 33-39 - get paper here
  • SCHOOLS, MOLLY & S. BLAIR HEDGES 2021. Phylogenetics, classification, and biogeography of the Neotropical forest lizards (Squamata, Diploglossidae). Zootaxa 4974 (2): 201–257 - get paper here
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
  • Wilson, Byron S. 2011. Conservation of Jamaican amphibians and reptiles. In: Hailey et al., eds, Conservation of Caribbean Island Herpetofaunas Volume 2: 273-310 - get paper here
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