Corrections and Clarifications

As hoped, since publication I have received a number of corrections and clarifications to the first edition of this guide from helpful friends more knowledgeable than myself. Below is a list of corrections and clarifications I have received thus far. To submit additional corrections, just contact me. Thanks!


The correct genus name for the common ground dove (page 25 of the print version) is Columbina. Columbigallina is an older name that is no longer in use.


What are referred to as raised red scales on the Sphaerodactylus sputator on page 43 are apparently mites.

The genus name for the ground lizard on page 38-39 is Ameiva, not Amieva. This was a typo by me. Doh!


The common name coquí Antillano used on page 49 for the Eleutherodactylus johnstonei is more commonly used for a Puerto Rican endemic of the same genus. Johnstone’s whistling frog is probably a less confusing name to use for this species, although locally it is more commonly known as the coquí.


The sphinx with no abdomen on page 69 listed as probably Pseudosphinx tetrio is actually some other species.

The stick insect on page 93 is probably Clonistria sp.


The tarantula listed on page 99 as Holothele sp. is actually from the genus Cyrtopholis.

The smaller tarantula on page 99 is a Holothele, and not from the family Barychelidae.

The spider identified asOxyopes salticus on page 99 may be from the genus Peucetia.

Other Arthropods

The unidentified red millipede on page 105 is Trigoniulus lumbricinus, an introduced species from Africa.

The giant centipede on page 105 is Scolopendra subspinipes, originally from southeast Asia.

The crab listed as Gercarcinus ruricola on page 103 is Gercarcinus lateralis, although it is likely that both are present on the island.