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Southern Caribbean Cnemidophorus (Squamata: Teiidae): Description of New Species and Taxonomic Status of C. murinus ruthveni Burt

Southern Caribbean Cnemidophorus (Squamata: Teiidae): Description of New Species and Taxonomic... Cnemidophorus nigricolor consists of at least three species rather than a single taxon distributed throughout the Venezuelan Caribbean islands. We describe two new species, one from Isla La Blanquilla and another from Isla La Tortuga. Both species were previously confused with C. nigricolor. The species from Isla La Tortuga is critically threatened by recent plans to develop the island for tourism. We comment on similarities among the two new species, C. nigricolor , and other insular Cnemidophorus . The whiptails from the southern Caribbean are revised and diagnoses are given for species inhabiting Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, and the Los Roques Archipelago. Additionally, Cnemidophorus ruthveni (formerly C. murinus ruthveni ) is recognized as a full species. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Herpetological Monographs Allen Press

Southern Caribbean Cnemidophorus (Squamata: Teiidae): Description of New Species and Taxonomic Status of C. murinus ruthveni Burt

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Allen Press
Copyright
The Herpetologists' League, Inc.
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Articles
ISSN
0733-1347
eISSN
1938-5137
DOI
10.1655/HERPMONOGRAPHS-D-10-00002.1
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Abstract

Cnemidophorus nigricolor consists of at least three species rather than a single taxon distributed throughout the Venezuelan Caribbean islands. We describe two new species, one from Isla La Blanquilla and another from Isla La Tortuga. Both species were previously confused with C. nigricolor. The species from Isla La Tortuga is critically threatened by recent plans to develop the island for tourism. We comment on similarities among the two new species, C. nigricolor , and other insular Cnemidophorus . The whiptails from the southern Caribbean are revised and diagnoses are given for species inhabiting Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, and the Los Roques Archipelago. Additionally, Cnemidophorus ruthveni (formerly C. murinus ruthveni ) is recognized as a full species.

Journal

Herpetological MonographsAllen Press

Published: Dec 1, 2010

Keywords: Aruba ; Bonaire ; Cnemidophorus lemniscatus species complex ; Curaçao ; Isla La Blanquilla ; Isla La Tortuga ; Los Roques Archipelago ; New species ; South America ; Southern Caribbean ; Squamata ; Systematics ; Teiidae ; Venezuela

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