Jamaica giant galliwasp

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Jamaica giant galliwasp
Celestus occiduus museum specimen.jpeg
museum specimen

Critically endangered, possibly extinct (IUCN 3.1)[1]
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Anguidae
Genus: Celestus
Species: C. occiduus
Binomial name
Celestus occiduus
(Shaw, 1802)

The Jamaica giant galliwasp (Celestus occiduus) is a species of lizard in the Anguidae family. It was endemic to Jamaica. It was last recorded in 1840 and is now possibly extinct, likely exterminated by introduced predators like mongooses. Recent surveys, while extensive, have not yet been exhaustive, given the difficulties of access into and around the Black River Morass, leaving room for some hope that the species may persist, albeit with a tiny population.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wilson, B.S., Hedges, B. & World Conservation Monitoring Centre. 2017. Celestus occiduus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T4097A71739494. http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/4097/0 Downloaded on 20 September 2017.