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Celestus haetianus (COCHRAN, 1927)

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Higher TaxaDiploglossidae, Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesCelestus haetianus haetianus (COCHRAN 1927)
Celestus haetianus mylicus (SCHWARTZ 1965)
Celestus haetianus surdus (SCHWARTZ 1965) 
Common NamesE: Hispaniolan Earless Galliwasp, EARLESS Galliwasp 
SynonymWetmorena haetiana COCHRAN 1927: 91
Wetmorena haetianus — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 553
Celestus haetianus — HEDGES et al. 1992
Wetmorena haetianus — WIENS & SLINGLUF 2001

Celestus haetianus mylicus (SCHWARTZ 1965)
Wetmorena haetiana mylica SCHWARTZ 1965: 45
Wetmorena haetiana mylica — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1988
Celestus haetianus mylicus — HEDGES et al. 2019

Celestus haetianus surdus (SCHWARTZ 1965)
Wetmorena haetiana surda SCHWARTZ 1965: 41
Wetmorena haetiana surda — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1988
Celestus haetianus surdus — HEDGES et al. 2019 
DistributionHispaniola, S Haiti

haetiana: Haiti, east-central Massif de la Selle and affiliates. Altitudinal distribution 5000 ft. to 8820 ft. Type locality: Mont Cabalo, Massif de la Selle, Département du Sud-Est, Haiti.

mylica: República Dominicana, Sierra de Baoruco. Altitudinal distribution 2600 ft. to 4450 ft.

surda: Haiti and República Dominicana, extreme eastern Massif de la Selle. Altitudinal distibution 4800 ft. to ca. 8000 ft.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 72600
Holotype: MCZ 77040, adult male, paratypes: AMNH, USNM, MCZ, KU [surdus]
Holotype: MCZ 77049, adult male; paratypes: MCZ, AMNH, KU, USNM [mylicus] 
CommentIllustrations see Cochran, 1941; Schwartz, 1965.

Limb morphology: 4 digits on each limb. 
  • Cochran, D.M. 1927. A new genus of anguid lizards from Haiti. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 40: 91-92. - get paper here
  • Cochran, D.M. 1941. The herpetology of Hispaniola. Bull. US Natl. Mus. 177: vii + 398 pp. - get paper here
  • Hedges SB, Powell R, Henderson RW, Hanson S, and Murphy JC 2019. Definition of the Caribbean Islands biogeographic region, with checklist and recommendations for standardized common names of amphibians and reptiles. Caribbean Herpetology 67: 1–53
  • 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. [book review in Salamandra 36 (2): 136]
  • Schwartz, A. 1965. Two new subspecies of the anguid lizard Wetmorena from Hispaniola. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington78: 39-48. - get paper here
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
  • 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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