The Terrestrial Reptiles of Monos Island

Hans E.A. Boos

Abstract


Monos Island is the first island to the west of the north· western peninsula of Trinidad, W.I. The reptile fauna, especially the lizards, of Monos Island is a rich one when compared with that of Trinidad and the other nearby islands of Huevos (Boos, 1967, 1983) and Chacachacare (Boos, 1983). It suggests a more recent separation of the island from Trinidad than the 10,000 years usually suggested by other authors (Underwood 1962, Emsley, 1977). To date, two of the four iguanids, six of the seven Gekkonids, three of the seven Teiids, and the one Scincid found on Trinidad have been recorded there.

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