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Diploglossus montisserrati UNDERWOOD, 1964

IUCN Red List - Diploglossus montisserrati - Critically Endangered, CR

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Higher TaxaDiploglossidae, Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Montserrat Galliwasp
G: Montserrat-Gallwespenschleiche 
SynonymDiploglossus montisserrati UNDERWOOD 1964: 2
Diploglossus montisserrati — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 405
Diploglossus montisserrati — SCHOOLS & HEDGES 2021 
DistributionLesser Antilles: Montserrat

Type locality: Woodlands Spring, elevation 600 ft., Montserrat.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 76924. 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Size moderate (SVL 180 mm in male, only known specimen); limbs well developed; ventrals between mental and vent 88; scale rows at midbody 41-43; angular subocular between supralabials 6/7; middorsal scales from posterior of neck to base of tail with prominent median keel; dorsals striate, laterals and ventrals smooth. General coloration medium brown; top of head uniform brown; supralabials white with some brown speckles (mostly on margins); infralabials and underside of head immaculate; neck with indistinct, darker brown lines; middorsum plain brown; flanks, legs, and sides of tail with dark brown and white speckling; underside of body immaculate (Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 405). 
CommentFor illustrations see Underwood, 1964.

Abundance: only known from the type locality (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. 1964. An anguid lizard from the Leeward Islands. Breviora (200):1-10 - get paper here
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