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Celestus microblepharis (UNDERWOOD, 1959)

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Higher TaxaDiploglossidae, Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Small-eyed Galliwasp, Tiny Eyelid Galliwasp 
SynonymDiploglossus microblepharis UNDERWOOD 1959: 2
Celestus microblepharis — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 377
Celestus microblepharis — WILSON 2011
Celestus microblepharis — SCHOOLS & HEDGES 2021 

Type locality: Boscobel, St. Mary, Jamaica, West Indies  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 55764 
DiagnosisDescription: (femare and only known specimen) 87 mm; limbs short; nasal excluded from rostral; frontal broader than long; dorsals striate and keeled; caudals keeled; ventrals smooth, 109 between mental and vent; 43 scales around midbody; angular subocular between supralabials 5 and 6; 11-12 fourth toe lamellae. General coloration medium brown; top of head uniform brown; neck and back speckled brown, speckles arranged in abolt '20 c'nevnms pointing posteriorly; speckling fades abruptly on sides above ear opening, flanks, and groin; speckling less regular on tail; upper and outer sides of limbs and feet speckled; inner face of thigh darker brown; supralabials white with brown spots; infralabials with few spots; throat white (Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 377). 
CommentFor illustrations see Underwood, 1959.

Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - 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.
  • Underwood G. 1959. A new Jamaican galliwasp (Sauria, Anguidae). Breviora (102): 1-13 - get paper here
  • 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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