Alopoglossus harrisi HERNÁNDEZ-MORALES, STURARO, SALES-NUNES, LOTZKAT & PELOSO, 2020
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|Higher Taxa||Alopoglossidae, Sauria, Gymnophthalmoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Alopoglossus festae PERACCA 1904: 7|
Alopoglossus festae — RUIBAL 1952: 502
Alopoglossus festae — KÖHLER et al. 2012
Alopoglossus harrisi — HERNÁNDEZ-MORALES et al. 2020 (nom. nov.)
|Distribution||Ecuador, SW Colombia (incl. Valle del Cauca), elevation 10-770 m.|
Type locality: Vinces, Ecuador
|Types||Holotype: MRSN (= MSNTO) R229|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Scales on sides of neck small, keeled, mostly granular; gular scales in four longitudinal rows, with median pair distinctly widened; dorsals lanceolate in transverse rows; scales on flanks similar to dorsals; ventrals smooth, posterior margins round [KÖHLER et al. 2012].|
|Comment||Distribution: see map in KÖHLER et al. 2012.|
Synonymy: With the synonymization of Ptychoglossus and Alopoglossus, Alopoglossus festae PERACCA 1904 becomes a junior homonym of Diastemalepis (= Alopoglossus) festae PERACCA 1896, hence HERNÁNDEZ-MORALES et al. 2020 proposed a replacement name, Alopoglossus harrisi, for the latter.
|Etymology||Named in honor of Dennis Harris, for his outstanding contributions to the taxonomy of Alopoglossidae. Harris completed the only available review of the genus Ptychoglossus, and figures as an author in the descriptions of almost one third of the currently known alopoglossid species.|
Alopoglossus festae was named after Dr. Enrico Festa (1868-1939), an Italian zoologist. He visited Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria (1893) and collected in Panama and Ecuador (1895-1898). He worked for Museo e Instituto di Zoologia Sistematica dell'Universita di Torino (1899-1923) as Deputy Assistant Professor (1899), retiring as Honorary Vice Director (Beolens et al. 2011: 89).
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