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Pholidoscelis cineraceus (Barbour & Noble)

Guadeloupe Ameiva (Pholidoscelis cineraceus)

The Guadeloupe Ameiva was described in 1915 based on three specimens that had been collected on the island of Basse Terre, Guadeloupe, it has already been mentioned in 1667 by Jean-Baptiste Du Tetre, a French blackfriar and botanist who lived on the island for some time.

The species died out due to predation by Small Indian Mongooses (Herpestes auropunctatus (Hodgson)) which had been introduced to the island in 1887.


syn. Ameiva cineracea Barbour & Noble


edited: 02.05.2021

Pholidoscelis major Duméril & Bibron

Martinique Giant Ameiva (Pholidoscelis major)

The Martinique Giant Ameiva was described in 1839; it is known exclusively from museum specimens, whose origins appear to be unknown, they may have come from the island of Martinique or from the so-called Les Iles de la petite Terre, offshore Guadeloupe.

The species disappeared most likely due to predation by introduced mammalian predators.


Depiction from: ‘C. Duméril; Gabriel Bibron: Erpétologie générale, ou, Histoire naturelle complète des reptiles. Paris: Roret 1834-1854’

(public domain)


edited: 02.05.2021