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Diploglossus delasagra (COCTEAU, 1838)

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Higher TaxaDiploglossidae, Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Cuban Pale-necked Galliwasp, Cuban Galliwasp
G: De La Sagras Gallwespenschleiche 
SynonymSeincus [sic] (Diploglossus) de Ia sagra COCTEAU 1838: 110
Diploglossus Sagrae — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 602
Diploglossus sagrae — BOULENGER 1885: 293
Celestus delasagra delasagra — SCHWARTZ & OGREN 1956
Diploglossus delasagra — GREER 1967
Diploglossus delasagra — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 404 
DistributionCuba (Pinar del Rio Province to Sancti Spiritus Province; Isla de la Juventud)

Type locality: Cuba.  
TypesSyntypes: MNHN-RA 2856 (1 specimen), MNHN-RA 2858 (two specimens respectively MNHN-RA 2858 and MNHN-RA 1999.8203 (formerly MNHN-RA 2858A)), MNHN 2859 (two specimens MNHN-RA 2859 and MNHN-RA 1999.8202 (formerly MNHN-RA 2859A)), RNH 3626. 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Size small (SVL in males to 121 mm, in females to 115 mm); limbs relatively short; 77-102 ventrals between mental and vent; 29-34 midbody scales; angular postocular between supralabials 4/5 (strongly modally); dorsals finely striate, laterals and ventrals smooth. Dorsum brown, patternless or with dark spots, each accompanied by a white spot, especially anteriorly; a black to dark brown lateral band, broad anteriorly, posteriorly fragmenting into dark spots even onto tail; lateral band bordered above, posteriorly, by a dark line in some individuals; vertical rows of white spots in lateral band; venter yellowish cream (Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 404). 
CommentFor illustrations see Barbour and Ramsden, 1919; Barbour and Shreve, 1937; Brongersma, 1946.

Hybridization: Diploglossus nigropunctatus intergrades with D. delasagra in at least northern Camagüey Province. 
EtymologyNamed after Ramón de la Sagra (1801-1871), a Spanish economist and botanist who lived and worked in Cuba and died in switzerland.  
  • Barbour, T. and C. T. Ramsden. 1919. The herpetology of Cuba. Mem. Mus. Comp. Zool., Harvard Coll. 47: 69-213. - get paper here
  • Barbour,T. and B. Shreve 1937. Novitates Cubanae. Bull. Mus. comp. Zool. Harvard 80: 377-387 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Vol. 2, Second edition. London, xiii+497 pp. - get paper here
  • Brongersma, L.D. 1946. Notes on Celestus de la sagra (Cocteau). Zoologische Mededelingen 26:247-48. - get paper here
  • Brygoo, E. R. 1987. Les types d'Anguid és (Reptiles, Sauriens) du Museum national d'Histoire naturelle Catalogue critique. Bulletin du Museum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, 4e ser., 9, sect. A (Zool., BioI. & Ecol. anim.), (2), supplement, 3-20. - get paper here
  • Cocteau, J.-T. and G. Bibron 1838. Reptiles, in R. de la Sagra. Historia Física, Política y Natural de la Isla de Cuba, Tomo IV. Arthus Bertrand, Paris, 142 pp. [1838-1843 - index on page 143] - get paper here
  • Duméril, A. M. C. and G. Bibron. 1839. Erpétologie Générale on Histoire Naturelle Complète des Reptiles. Vol. 5. Roret/Fain et Thunot, Paris, 871 pp. - get paper here
  • Greer, A.E. 1967. Notes on the mode of reproduction in anguid lizards. Herpetologica 23 (2): 94-99 - get paper here
  • Rodríguez Schettino, Lourdes, Carlos A. Mancina & Vilma Rivalta González 2013. REPTILES OF CUBA: CHECKLIST AND GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTIONS. Smithsonian Herp. Inf. Serv. (144): 1-96 - get paper here
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
  • Schwartz, A. and Ogren, L.H. 1956. A collection of reptiles and amphibians from Cuba, with the descriptionof two new forms. Herpetologica 12 (2): 91-110 - get paper here
  • Thomas, R., and S. B. Hedges 1998. A new anguid lizard (Diploglossus) from Cuba. Copeia 1998 (1): 97-103 - get paper here
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