Friday, April 8, 2016

Quadrangular Scaled Bachia, Bachia cf. flavescens (Family Gymnophthalmidae)

This lizard is known from four specimens from Tobago. It, or something like it, is also known from Guyana and it is probably a complex of species known as Bachia flavescens. It can be distinguished from the other Bachia in T&T by its quadrangular scales on the dorsum, The other Bachia have hexagonal scales on the dorsum. This lizard also differs from Bachia trinitatis in its ability to use its tail as a spring to propel its body upward. 

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