Abronia cuetzpali CAMPBELL, SOLANO-ZAVALETA, FLORES-VILLELA, CAVIEDES-SOLIS & FROST, 2016
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Abronia cuetzpali?
|Higher Taxa||Anguidae (Gerrhonotinae), Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Abronia cuetzpali CAMPBELL, SOLANO-ZAVALETA, FLORES-VILLELA, CAVIEDES-SOLIS & FROST 2016|
Type locality: near San Miguel Suchixtepec, Sierra de MiahuatlEan, approximately 2 km west of the REio Molino, Sierra Madre del Sur, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2,150 m elevation (16.08439°N, 96.49042°W).
|Types||Holotype: MZFC 28761, an adult male, found by I. Caviedes-Solis on 4 November 2011 (Figs. 1–2). The individual was found at 1020 hasitcrawledacrossatrail.TheheadwatersoftheR ́ıoMolino occur just to the east of San Miguel Suchixtepec. Suitable habitat occurs throughout the region between 1,500 and 2,500 m.|
Paratypes (2).—UTA R-61670, an adult female from 5.4 km eastof Juquila, Sierra de Miahuatla ́n, Sierra Madre del Sur, Oaxaca, Mexico, 1,711 m (16.232048N 97.255358W), found by Oscar Olivares on 8 July 2012 (Fig. 3). The individual was found during the late morning as it crawled on the forest floor. The northward-facing slope on which the holotype was collected drains into the R ́ıo Grande, an upper tributary of the R ́ıo Verde. UCM 41057, an adult male from near San Miguel Suchixtepec, Oaxaca, Sierra Madre del Sur, Mexico, collected by Thomas MacDougal in May 1967. The specimen was reported by the collector to be from the R ́ıo Molino drainage.
|Comment||Similar species: Using the key in Campbell and Frost (1993), A. martindelcampoi will key to ‘‘Abronia species ‘Guerrero’’’ and A. cuetzpali will key to A. mixteca. Characteristics differentiating the latter two species are provided in the Diagnosis.|
|Etymology||Named after the Nahuatl word for lizard, ‘‘cuetzpali,’’ although there are various alternative spellings.|
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