Ameiva pantherina UGUETO & HARVEY, 2011
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|Higher Taxa||Teiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Ameiva pantherina UGUETO & HARVEY 2011|
Ameiva ameiva melanocephala — DONOSO-BARROS 1968: 115 (part.)
Ameiva pantherina — HARVEY et al. 2012
Type locality: 60 km southeast of Maturín, Monagas, Venezuela.
|Reproduction||oviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022)|
|Types||Holotype: LACM 31431, adult male|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A medium-sized Ameiva dis- tinguished from all congeners by the following combination of characters: (1) maximum SVL in males 152 mm; (2) dorsal head scales smooth; (3) frontal single; (4) frontoparietal and parietal plates in contact with interparietals; (5) 24–41 (both sides) scales, usually in single row, between supraoculars and supraci- liaries; (6) 14–18 occipitals, usually subequal to first dorsal row; (7) 20–36 anterior gulars; (8) middle anterior gulars polygonal or rounded and usually small, rarely moderately enlarged; (9) patch of moderately enlarged posterior gulars frequently present, less often all posterior gulars small; (10) 17–20 posterior gulars between antegular and gular folds; (11) enlarged mesoptychial scales subequal or larger than largest gulars; (12) postbrachials moder- ately to distinctly enlarged; (13) 291–343 scales between occiput and rump; (14) 137–163 dorsal scales across midbody; (15) ventrals in 29–35 transverse and 10 longitudinal rows; (16) adult male coloration in life unknown, in preservative purplish with large and conspicuous black with dorsal reticulations and whitish lateral ocelli; (17) throat in adults dark gray; (18) no vertebral light stripe and ocelli never present on dorsum; (19) juveniles with distinct paired black spots on dorsum and with indistinct whitish dorsolateral line bordering upper margin of broad black lateral stripe; (20) associated with savannahs [UGUETO & HARVEY 2011].|
|Etymology||The specific epithet pantherina is a feminine adjective derived from the Greek word panther, meaning ‘‘cat,’’ in reference to the leopard-like dorsal pattern exhibited by adults of this species.|
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