Celestus duquesneyi Grant, 1940:6

Duquesney's galliwasp, Blue-tailed galliwasp, Blue-tailed forest lizard



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1930's?

Rediscovered in 2000 or before

IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient


The Small Indian mongoose (Herpestes auropunctatus) has been found to be a serious predator of C. duquesneyi (Lewis et al. 2011), and hence is a real threat to the species' persistence.





Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Grant, Chapman. (1940). Notes on the reptiles and amphibians of Jamaica, with diagnoses of new species and subspecies. Jamaica To-day. London and Aylesbury: Hazell, Watson, and Viney, Ltd.


Other references:

Cousens, Peggy N. (1956). Notes on the Jamaican and Cayman Island lizards of the genus [i]Celestus[/i]. Breviora 56: 1-6.

Henderson, R.W. and Powell, R. 2009. Natural History of West Indian Reptiles and Amphibians. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

Lewis, Delano S., van Veen, Rick and Wilson, Byron S. (2011). Conservation implications of small Indian mongoose (Herpestes auropunctatus) predation in a hotspot within a hotspot: the Hellshire Hills, Jamaica. Biological invasions 13(1): 25-33.

Lynn, W. G. and Grant, Chapman. (1940). The herpetology of Jamaica. Bull. Inst. Jamaica, Sci. Ser. 1: 1-148.

Powell, R. and Henderson, R.W. 2012. Island lists of West Indian amphibians and reptiles. Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History 51(2): 85-166.

Schools, Molly and Hedges, S. Blair. (2021). Phylogenetics, classification, and biogeography of the Neotropical forest lizards (Squamata, Diploglossidae). Zootaxa 4974(2): 201-257.

Schwartz, Albert. (1971). A new species of bromeliad inhabiting galliwasp (Sauria: Anguidae) from Jamaica. Breviora 371: 1-10.

Wilson, B.S., Hedges, B. & Gibson, R. 2017. Celestus duquesneyi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T4094A71739426. Downloaded on 15 October 2017.

Wilson, B. S. and Vogel, P. (2000). A survey of the herpetofauna of the Hellshire Hills, Jamaica, including the rediscovery of the blue-tailed galliwasp ([i]Celestus duquesneyi[/i] Grant). Caribbean Journal of Science 36(3-4): 244-249.


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