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.

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.

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.

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]

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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