Anadia pulchella RUTHVEN, 1926
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Anadia pulchella?
|Higher Taxa||Gymnophthalmidae (Cercosaurinae), Sauria, Gymnophthalmoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Ruthven's Anadia|
|Synonym||Anadia pulchella RUTHVEN 1926|
Anadia pulchella — PETERS & DONOSO-BARROS 1970: 41
Anadia pulchella — HARRIS & AYALA 1987
|Distribution||Colombia (Magdalena, Cesar)|
Type locality: La Cumbre, Hacienda Vista Nieve, Santa Marta Mountains, Colombia, elevation 2100 m.
|Types||Holotype: UMMZ 63333|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. This bitaeniata group species is allied to its highland counterpart in the Santa Marta Mountains (described below) and distinct from the three Ande- an species by its well imbricated ventral scales, thenar scales usually as large or larger than the scales on the underside of the pollex of the forelimb, and by the less extensively spined hemipenes in which the rows of spinules are interrupted at the proximally pointing apices on the sides in all except the two most distal flounces and the rows of spinules are contiguous be- tween sides at the absulcal midline in only the four flounces nearest the base. This species is distinguished from its highland counterpart by the flat upper surface of the snout in large males (not convex in profile), presence of prefrontal scales, greater number of femoral pores (5-9 per side), and subdued coloration with conspicuous absence of an intense dark spot on each ventral scale. The most frequent color pattern of A. pulchella is unique within its species group: distinct medium brown streak on head through nostril, eye and ear, and on side of neck above pure white labials,chin and throat; dorsum with medially broken transverse bands; venter with essentially two irregular rows of light brown spots [from HARRIS & AYALA 1987].|
|Etymology||Named after Latin “pulchella” = pretty.|