Celestus molesworthi Grant, 1940

Portland Coast galliwasp, Portland Coast forest lizard



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Celestus crusculus molesworthi Grant, 1940; Diploglossus crusculus molesworthi Grant, 1940


Conservation Status


Last record: 1960's

IUCN RedList status: Endangered


Considered possibly extinct by (Powell & Henderson, 2012).





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:

Hedges, B. & Wilson, B.S. 2016. Celestus molesworthi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T75166713A75171971. Downloaded on 17 December 2016.

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

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 as possibly extinct]

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


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