Tropidophis bucculentus

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Tropidophis bucculentus
Conservation status
Extinct  (c. 1920)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Tropidophiidae
Genus: Tropidophis
Species: T. bucculentus
Binomial name
Tropidophis bucculentus
(Cope, 1868)
Synonyms
  • U[ngalia]. bucculenta Cope, 1868
  • Tropidophis melanurus bucculentus - Thomas, 1966[1]

Tropidophis bucculentus was a nonvenomous dwarf boa species endemic to Navassa Island. No subspecies are currently recognized.[2]

It is commonly referred to as the Navassa Island dwarf boa.[2]

Geographic range[edit]

The type locality given is "Navassa Id."[1]

Description[edit]

Preserved museum specimens indicate that it varied in size from 30-60 cm (1-2 feet).

Conservation status[edit]

Extinct. The species became a casualty of human interference and feral predators, such as rodents, cats, dogs, and goats that were introduced during the large-scale mining period on this small island during the 1800s.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, vol. 1. Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
  2. ^ a b "Tropidophis bucculentus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 25 September 2007. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Powell, R. 1999. Caribbean Journal of Science, VOL. 35, No. 1-2. 1-13.