LaGuaira Bachia

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LaGuaira Bachia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Gymnophthalmidae
Genus: Bachia
Species: B. heteropa
Wiegmann, 1856
Binomial name
Bachia heteropa
Subspecies
  • B. h. heteropa - Wiegmann, 1856
  • B. h. alleni - Barbour, 1914
  • B. h. lineata - Boulenger, 1903
  • B. h. marcelae - Donoso-Barros & Garrido, 1964
  • B. h. trinitatis - Barbour, 1914
Synonyms
  • Chalcides heteropus - Wiegmann, 1856
  • Bachia lineata - Boulenger, 1903
  • Scolecosaurus alleni - Barbour, 1914
  • Scolecosaurus alleni parviceps - Barbour, 1933
  • Scolecosaurus trinitatis - Barbour - 1914
  • Bachia anomala - Roux, 1929
  • Bachia marcelae - Donoso-Barros & Garrido, 1964
  • Bachia heteropus - Schwartz & Henderson, 1991

The LaGuaira Bachia (Bachia heteropa) is a microteiid lizard found in the Caribbean and South America. Its distribution includes Grenada, the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela, and Colombia. It belongs to the monotypic genus Bachia.

It can reach a length of 64 mm snout-to-vent, and its tail may be more than 1.5 times that long. Its limbs are very small relative to its body length. It has four digits on each forelimb, and two digits on each hindlimb. Its body is covered by rows of large, overlapping, hexagonal scales.

It lives in forests, where it dwells in leaf-litter. It feeds on arthropods and their larvae.


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