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Abronia gaiophantasma CAMPBELL & FROST, 1993

IUCN Red List - Abronia gaiophantasma - Endangered, EN

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Higher TaxaAnguidae (Gerrhonotinae), Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesBrilliant Arboreal Alligator Lizard 
SynonymAbronia (Auriculabronia) gaiophantasma CAMPBELL & FROST 1993
Abronia gaiophantasma — KÖHLER 2000
Abronia gaiophantasma — EISERMANN & ACEVEDO 2016 
DistributionNE Guatemala (elevation: 1600-2350 m)

Type locality: “cloud forest at 1600 m elevation on the west slope of Cerro Verde in the vicinity of La Unión Barrios, Baja Verapaz, Guatemala.” (approximately 15°11' N, 90° 12' W.)  
TypesHolotype: UTA R19646 
CommentSimilar species: Several specimens that have been identified as A. aurita are actually A. gaiophantasma. 
  • Campbell J A; Frost D R 1993. Anguid lizards of the genus Abronia: revisionary notes, descriptions of four new species, a phylogenetic analysis, and key. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 216: 1-121
  • Campbell, Jonathan A., Mahmood Sasa, Manuel Acevedo and Joseph R. Mendelson, III. 1998. A new species of Abronia (Squamata: Anguidae) from the High Cuchumatanes of Guatemala. Herpetologica 54 (2): 221-234. - get paper here
  • Eisermann, Knut, and Manuel Acevedo. 2016. A new locality for the Endangered Abronia gaiophantasma Campbell and Frost, 1993 (Squamata: Anguidae) in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, with notes on morphology. Mesoamerican Herpetology 3(4): 1085–1089 - get paper here
  • Franzen,M. & Haft, J. 1999. Range Extension and Morphological Variation in Abronia gaiophantasma Campbell and Frost (Sauria: Anguidae). Carib. J. Sci. 35 (1-2): 151-153
  • Köhler, G. 2000. Reptilien und Amphibien Mittelamerikas, Bd 1: Krokodile, Schildkröten, Echsen. Herpeton Verlag, Offenbach, 158 pp.
  • Köhler, G. 2008. Reptiles of Central America. 2nd Ed. Herpeton-Verlag, 400 pp.
  • Valencia, J. H., K. Garzón-Tello & M. E. Barragán-Paladines 2016. Serpientes venenosas del Ecuador: sistemática, taxonomía, historia natural, conservación, envenenamiento y aspectos antropológicos. Quito, Ecuador, Fundación Herpetológica Gustavo Orcés, Universidad de Texas, Fondo Ambiental Nacional, 652 pp. [review in HR 49 (1): 152, 2018]
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