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Ameiva provitaae GARCIA-PEREZ, 1995

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Higher TaxaTeiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesS: mato trompa roja 
SynonymAmeiva provitaae GARCIA-PEREZ 1995
Ameiva provitaae — LA MARCA & SORIANO 2004
Ameiva provitaae — HARVEY et al. 2012 
DistributionVenezuela (Merida: “enclave semiárido de Lagunillas en la cuena media del Rio Chama”)

Type locality: “Laguna de Caparú, 820 m [elevation], 829’ N, 7120’ W, 20 km al SO de Mérida, estado Mérida, Venezuela”.  
TypesHolotype: MCNG 1669, adult male 
CommentStatus: This species is a possible synonym of A. bifrontata. The characters thought to be unique to diagnose this species (such as a red snout, see García-Pérez 1995a) are present in different populations of A. bifrontata (GU, unpubl. data, cited in RIVAS et al. 2012).

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after the “Fundación PROVITA”,  
  • Garcia-Perez, J.E. 1995. Una nueva especie del complejo de Ameiva bifrontata (Sauria:Teiidae) del bolsón arido de Lagunillas, Cordillera de Mérida, Venezuela. Rev. UNELLEZ de Ciencia y Tecnologia 13(2): 127-144
  • HARVEY, MICHAEL B.; GABRIEL N. UGUETO & RONALD L. GUTBERLET, Jr. 2012. Review of Teiid Morphology with a Revised Taxonomy and Phylogeny of the Teiidae (Lepidosauria: Squamata). Zootaxa 3459: 1–156 - get paper here
  • La Marca, E. & P.J. Soriano 2004. Reptiles de Los Andes de Venezuela. Fundación Polar, Conservación International, CODEPRE-ULA, Fundacite Mérida, BIOGEOS. Mérida, Venezuela. 173 pp.
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • RIVAS, GILSON A.; CÉSAR R. MOLINA, GABRIEL N. UGUETO, TITO R. BARROS, CÉSAR L. BAR- RIO-AMORÓS & PHILIPPE J. R. KOK 2012. Reptiles of Venezuela: an updated and commented checklist. Zootaxa 3211: 1–64 - get paper here
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