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Hispaniolan Giant Diploglossus (Sauria: Anguidae): Description of a New Species and Notes on the Ecology of D. warreni

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A third giant species of Diploglossus, D. carraui, is described from north-central República Dominicana. Comparisons between this species and D. warreni from Haiti and D. anelpistus from south-central República Dominicana are made. The taxonomic status of the three named populations is discussed, and alternative arrangements are noted. Diploglussus warreni is viviparous, and gives birth in July-August (wet season). Number of young (8-27) is positively correlated with female body size, but mean size of young is not correlated with litter size. D. warreni takes a wide variety of prey species (including other lizards) but, in terms of prey volume, centipedes (Scolopendra) and millipedes (Rhinocricidae) predominate.

Affiliations: 1: Museo Nacional de Historia Natural de Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana; 2: Miami-Dade Community College, North Campus, Miami, Florida 33167 USA; 3: Section of Vertebrate Zoology, Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233 USA


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