Underwood's Spectacled Tegu

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Underwood's Spectacled Tegu
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Lacertilia
Family: Gymnophthalmidae
Genus: Gymnophthalmus
Species: G. underwoodi
Binomial name
Gymnophthalmus underwoodi
Grant, 1958

Underwood's Spectacled Tegu (Gymnophthalmus underwoodi) is a microteiid lizard found in South America and on certain Caribbean islands. The species is named after British herpetologist Garth Leon Underwood.

It is a unisexual species, reproducing through parthenogenesis. Captive specimens have been recorded laying up to eleven eggs within four months, with between one and four eggs per clutch.

Its distribution includes the islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Barbados, Antigua, Barbuda, Trinidad, and Tobago in the Lesser Antilles; and Guyana, Surinam, Colombia, and Venezuela in South America. It is also present on Dominica, which has been confirmed by both Breuil and Turk.


  • Breuil, M. (2002). Histoire naturelle des amphibiens et reptiles terrestres de l’Archipel Guadeloupéen. Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin, Saint-Barthélem 54. Patrimoines Naturels. pp. 1–339. 
  • Malhotra, Anita; Thorpe, Roger S. (1999). Reptiles & Amphibians of the Eastern Caribbean. Macmillan Education Ltd. pp. 34, 70, 83–84, 97, 101, 104. ISBN 0-333-69141-5. 

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