Terrestrial Herpetofauna of Some Satellite Islands North-east of Tobago with Preliminary Biogeographical Comparisons with Some Satellite Islands North-west of Trinidad

Stevland P. Charles, Stephen Smith, Jantina M.A. de Jonge


Prior to this study, the only satellite island off Tobago surveyed for herpetofauna was the largest of these islands, Little Tobago Island. We conducted brief herpetological surveys on three satellite islands off Tobago’s northeastern coast (Little Tobago Island, St. Giles Island and Goat Island). Here, we review the recorded observations of herpetofauna for Little Tobago Island in the literature and present nine new locality records for reptiles on St. Giles Island and Goat Island. The implications of these results for continued studies on the biogeography of the satellite islands of Trinidad and Tobago are discussed.

Key words: Tobago, satellite islands, Little Tobago Island, Goat Island, St. Giles Island, biogeography, herpetofauna, reptiles, amphibians, lizard, snake, frog, Rhinella, Leptodactylus, Gonatodes, Hemidactylus, Thecadactylus, Sphaerodactylus, Iguana, Bachia, Anolis, Ameiva, Cnemidophorus, Mabuya, Leptophis, Mastigodryas.

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