Boa sp. nov. 'Martinique'



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Although listed as possibly extinct by (Powell & Henderson, 2012), this taxon is presumably known from insufficient material to determine whether it is a new species or not. One possible historical mention exists (Labat, 1724), however archaeological remains fall within the species B. nebulosa from Dominica and thus may be invalid (Bochaton, 2020).


Conservation Status

Extinct if valid



Martinique, Martinique Bank, Lesser Antilles


Biology & Ecology










Bochaton, Corentin. (2020). First records of modified snake bones in the Pre-Columbian archaeological record of the Lesser Antilles: Cultural and paleoecological implications. The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology. [Abstract]

Bochaton, Corentin. (2022). Archaeological occurrences of terrestrial herpetofauna in the insular Caribbean: cultural and biological significance. R. Soc. Open Sci. 9: 220256.

Labat, J.-B. (1724). Nouveau voyage aux isles de l’Amerique. La Haye, France: P. Husson, T. Johnson, P. Gosse, J. van Duren, R. Alberts, and C. Le Vier.

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]


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