No common name

Celestus hylaius

SUBFAMILY

Diploglossinae

TAXONOMY

Celestus hylaius Savage and Lips, 1993, La Selva Biological Station, Canton de Sarapiqui, Heredia, Costa Rica, 130 ft (40 m) above sea level.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

None known.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

This is a small lizard, with a total length up to 7.8 in (198 mm). It has short legs and a tail that contributes to slightly more than half of the total length. The dorsal ground color is bronze, with numerous black flecks. Ventrolaterally the black flecks form an irregular stripe. The belly is yellowish green.

DISTRIBUTION

This species is endemic to the lowlands of eastern Costa Rica.

HABITAT

The species has been collected from leaf litter in wet and moist forests.

BEHAVIOR

Although little is known about this infrequently encountered species, it may be diurnal and terrestrial.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

It probably actively forages for small arthropods, but the feeding ecology of this species has not been studied.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

The species probably bears live young.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not listed by the IUCN.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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