Capitellum mariagalantae Hedges & Conn, 2012:59

Marie-Galante skink



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: see (Hedges & Conn, 2012:59-60)


Conservation Status


Last record: "at least 150 years ago" (Hedges & Conn, 2012:62); 1830's (Powell & Hedges, 2016; Martin et al., 2023); 1830's? (fide Uetz et al.)

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)



Marie-Galante (=Marie Galante), Marie-Galante Bank, Lesser Antilles


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: ANSP 9413 (adult female)






Original scientific description:

Hedges, S. Blair and Conn, Caitlin E. (2012). A new skink fauna from Caribbean islands (Squamata, Mabuyidae, Mabuyinae). Zootaxa 3288: 1-244.


Other references:

Bailon, S., Bochaton, Corentin and Lenoble, A. (2015). New data on Pleistocene and Holocene herpetofauna of Marie Galante (Blanchard Cave, Guadeloupe Islands, French West Indies): Insular faunal turnover and human impact. Quaternary Science Reviews 128: 127-137. [Abstract]

Bochaton, Corentin et al. (In Press, 2015). Fossil and subfossil herpetofauna from Cadet 2 Cave (Marie-Galante, Guadeloupe Islands, F. W. I.): Evolution of an insular herpetofauna since the Late Pleistocene. Comptes Rendus Palevol. doi:10.1016/j.crpv.2014.10.005

Hedges, S. Blair., Lorvelec, O., Barré, N., Vidal, N. and Pavis, C. (2019). On the taxonomic recognition of skinks from the Guadeloupe Archipelago (Squamata Mabuyidae, Mabuya). Caribbean Herpetology 64: 1-7.

Martin, Thomas E., Bennett, Gareth C., Fairbairn, Andrew J. and Mooers, A. Ø. (2023). ‘Lost’ taxa and their conservation implications. Animal Conservation 26(1): 14-24. [Appendix S2 (1617 taxa not seen >10 years); Appendix S3 (562 taxa not seen >50 years)]

Powell, R. and Hedges, S. Blair. (2016). Capitellum mariagalantae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T47102670A47102674. Downloaded on 17 December 2016.

Powell, Robert and Henderson, Robert W. (2012). Island lists of West Indian amphibians and reptiles. Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History 51(2): 85-166. [considers this taxon possibly extinct]

Regalado, Pedro Galán. (2015). Los Anfibios y Reptiles Extinguidos: Herpetofauna Desaparecida Desde el Año 1500. Monografías de la Universidade da Coruña 155: 1-509.


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