Range Expansion of the Neotropical Whiptail Lizard, Cnemidophorus lemniscatus (L. 1758) (Reptilia: Sauria: Teiidae) on the North Coast of Trinidad

Stevland P. Charles


The Neotropical whiptail lizard Cnemidophorus lemniscatus (Linnaeus 1758) is a small teiid that ranges widely from Guatemala to northern South America (into Brazil) and many of the associated continental islands, including Trinidad and Tobago (Murphy 1997). This lizard is a beach-savannah species. They prefer open sunny areas and rarely venture into deep forests. In Trinidad and Tobago, there is the potential to confuse Cnemidophorus lemniscatus with the locally more common and more well-known Ameiva ameiva (L. 1758) or Zandolie (Boos and Quesnel 1968). C. lemniscatus has a much more restricted range in Trinidad and Tobago than does A. ameiva. Here I report a new locality record for C. lemniscatus in Trinidad.

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