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Bones of giant lacertids from a new site on El Hierro (Canary Islands)

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A new deposit of giant lacertids is described from a volcanic cave in the western part of El Hierro island. On the basis of an analysis of the 388 pieces found in this deposit, using both the literature and osteological material from Tenerife and El Hierro, it is concluded that three different species are represented: Gallotia goliath (Mertens), now extinct in the Canary Islands, Gallotia simonyi (Stein.) and Gallotia galloti caesaris (Lehrs). The two last species are still present on the island. The presence of G. goliath in this deposit represents the first record of this species in the island of El Hierro.

Affiliations: 1: Departamento de Biología Animal (Zoología), Universidad de La Laguna. Tenerife, Islas Canarias (España); 2: Departamento de Biología Animal (Zoología), Universidad de La Laguna. Tenerife, Islas Canarias (España), Museo de Ciencias Naturales de Tenerife, Apdo.: 853 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Islas Canarias (España)


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