Martinique spectacled tegu

Martinique spectacled tegu
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria
Infraorder: Scincomorpha
Family: Gymnophthalmidae
Genus: Gymnophthalmus
Species: G. pleei
Bocourt, 1881
Binomial name
Gymnophthalmus pleei
  • G. p. pleei
  • G. p. luetkeni
  • G. p. nesydrion
  • Gymnophthalmus pleii

The Martinique spectacled tegu or rough-scaled worm lizard (Gymnophthalmus pleei ) is a species of microteiid lizard found in the Caribbean, on the Lesser Antilles islands of Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, Saint Lucia, and Maria I.

The nominate subspecies, G. p. pleei, is endemic to Martinique, and G. p. luetkeni and G. p. nesydrion are restricted to Saint Lucia. The populations on Guadeloupe and Dominica have not yet been assigned to subspecies.


The specific name, pleei or pleii, is in honor of French botanist Auguste Plée.[2]


  1. Ineich, I.; Breuil, M.; Hedges, S.B.; Powell, R. (2010). "Gymnophthalmus pleii ". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  2. Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Gymnophthalmus pleei, p. 208).

Further reading

  • Boulenger, George A. (1885). Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Second Edition. Volume II. ... Teiidæ ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiii + 497 pp. + Plates I-XXIV. (Gymnophthalmus pleii, p. 429).
  • Malhotra, Anita; Thorpe, Roger S. (1999). Reptiles & Amphibians of the Eastern Caribbean. London: Macmillan Education Ltd. pp. 33–34, 84, 91, 93. ISBN 0-333-69141-5. 
  • Schwartz, Albert; Henderson, Robert W. (1991). Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies: Descriptions, Distributions, and Natural History. Gainesville: University of Florida Press. ISBN 0-8130-1049-7. 
  • Schwartz, Albert; Thomas, Richard (1975). A Check-list of West Indian Amphibians and Reptiles. Carnegie Museum of Natural History Special Publication No. 1. Pittsburgh: Trustees of Carnegie Institute. 216 pp. (Gymnophthalmus pleei, p. 123).

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