Three subspecies exist, with distributional information as follows (Thomas 1965):
- G. pleii pleii: Martinique
- G. p. luetkeni: St. Lucia
- G. p. nesydrion: southern most of the Maria Islands
The area of the five islands combined is 1,837 km². This species is found between sea level and 400 m above sea level.
Habitat and Ecology
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This species may also be threatened by habitat loss and degradation. The average annual change in forest cover for the period 1981-1990 has been estimated at -0.6% for Dominica, -0.3% for Guadeloupe, -0.4% for Martinique and -3.8% for St. Lucia (Tole 1998). The main causes of this are logging, tourism growth and recreation development.
The following species are currently known:
- Gymnophthalmus cryptus Hoogmoed, Cole & Ayarzaguena, 1992
- Gymnophthalmus leucomystax Vanzolini & Carvalho, 1991
- Gymnophthalmus lineatus Linnaeus, 1758
- Gymnophthalmus pleei Bocourt, 1881
- Gymnophthalmus speciosus Hallowell, 1861
- Gymnophthalmus underwoodi Grant, 1958
- Gymnophthalmus vanzoi Carvalho, 1999
- Reptarium. Gymnophthalmus Merrem, 1820. Reptarium Reptile Database
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