Sunday, April 3, 2016

Lesser Windward Skink, Marisora aurulae (Family Scincidae)


Size. 80.9 mm SVL in males, 89 mm SVL females. Differs from all T&T lizards in having five digits on each hand and foot, overlapping head scales, 30–32 mid-body scale rows, the only exception is the Greater Windward skink. This species differs from Greater Windward skink, Copeoglossum aurea by having the parietals in contact, 2-4 chin scales in contact with the infralabials between then postmental and first sublabial. This species also has a more faded pattern, few if any dorsal spots, and a dark lateral stripe that fades posteriorly. Distribution. The southern Lesser Antilles: Young's Island (a St. Vincent satellite), the Grenadines (Mayero Island, Carriacou, and Petit Bateau), Grenada, Trinidad, and Tobago.

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