Pholidoscelis cineracea Barbour & Noble, 1915:453

Guadeloupe ameiva



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Ameiva cineracea Barbour & Noble, 1915:453; Pholidoscelis cineraceus Barbour & Noble, 1915:453


Conservation Status

Last record: early 1900's (1914?)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



Grand Îlet off the coast of Guadeloupe, Lesser Antilles (historically); Guadeloupe, La Désirade, Marie-Galante and Les Saintes, all Lesser Antilles (prehistorically)


Historically restricted to Grand Îlet off the coast of Guadeloupe, it had a much wider prehistoric distribution known to include Guadeloupe, La Désirade, Marie-Galante and Les Saintes (Breuil, 2002).


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: MCZ 10577






Original scientific description:

Barbour, T. and Noble, G. K. (1915). A revision of the lizards of the genus Ameiva. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 59: 417-479.


Other references:

Corentin Bochaton, Renaud Boistel, Sandrine Grouard, Ivan Ineich, Anne Tresset & Salvador Bailon. (2017). Evolution, diversity and interactions with past human populations of recently extinct Pholidoscelis lizards (Squamata: Teiidae) from the Guadeloupe Islands (FrenchWest-Indies). Historical Biology. DOI: 10.1080/08912963.2017.1343824.

Breuil, M. (2002). Histoire naturelle des amphibiens et reptiles terrestres de l’archipel Guadeloupéen. Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin, Saint-Barthélemy. Patrimoines Naturels, Paris 54: 1-339.

Day, David. (1981). The Doomsday Book of Animals: A Natural History of Vanished Species. New York, N.Y.: The Viking Press.

Dewynter, M. (2016). Ameiva cineracea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T1119A71739378. Downloaded on 30 December 2016.

Dewynter, M. (2017). Pholidoscelis cineraceus (amended version of 2016 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T1119A121639617. Accessed on 01 July 2022.

Du Tertre, J.-B. (1667). Histoire generale des isles de S. Christophe, de la Guadeloupe de la Martinique et autres dans l'Amerique. Langlois, Paris.

Goicoechea, N., Frost, D. R., De la Riva, I., Pellegrino, K. C. M., Sites, J., Rodrigues, M. T. and Padial, J. M. (2016). Molecular systematics of teioid lizards (Teioidea/Gymnophthalmoidea: Squamata) based on the analysis of 48 loci under tree-alignment and similarity-alignment. Cladistics, doi: 10.1111/cla.12150.

Groombridge, B. 1992. Global Biodiversity: Status of the Earth’s Living Resources. Report compiled by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Chapman and Hall, London.

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Harvey, M.B., Ugueto, G.N. and Gutberlet Jr., R.L. 2012. Review of Teiid morphology with a revised taxonomy and phylogeny of the Teiidae (Lepidosauria: Squamata). Zootaxa 3459: 1-156.

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

Honegger, R.E. 1981. List of amphibians and reptiles either known or thought to have become extinct since 1600. Biological Conservation: 141-158.

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.

Schwartz, A. and Henderson, R. W. (1991). Amphibians and reptiles of the West Indies: Descriptions, distributions, and natural history. Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press.

Tucker, Derek B.; Guarino R. Colli, Lilian G. Giugliano, S. Blair Hedges, Catriona R. Hendry, Emily Moriarty Lemmon, Alan R. Lemmon, Jack W. Sites Jr., R. Alexander Pyron (2016). Methodological congruence in phylogenomic analyses with morphological support for teiid lizards (Sauria: Teiidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 103: 75-84.

Uetz, P. et al., The Reptile Database, , accessed December 11, 2010.


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