Aurivela longicauda (BELL, 1843)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Aurivela longicauda?
|Higher Taxa||Teiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Longtail Whiptail|
|Synonym||Ameiva longicauda BELL 1843: 28|
Cnemidophorus longicaudus — GRAY 1845
Cnemidophorus multilineatus PHILIPPI 1869
Cnemidophorus longicauda — GALLARDO 1966: 24
Cnemidophorus longicauda — GALLARDO 1966: 19
Cnemidophorus longicaudus — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Cnemidophorus longicaudus — CEI 1993
Cnemidophorus longicauda — CABRERA 2004
Cnemidophorus longicaudus — SCROCCHI et al. 2010: 195
Aurivela longicauda — HARVEY et al. 2012
|Distribution||N Argentina (Catamarca, La Pampa, San Luis, Córdoba, Santiago del Estero, Buenos Aires, Chubut, Rio Negro [HR 35: 187])|
Type locality: Bahia Blanca, Argentina
|Types||Type: BMNH 1918.104.22.168 (and possibly additional specimens).|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis (genus): Aurivela is the only teiid genus with a subtriangular auricular flap partially covering the external auditory meatus, 2–3 suboculars, the first and second chinshields in medial contact, a single subtriangular preanal plate larger than the scale in front of it, and a single row of 3–4 poorly developed tibiotarsal spurs consisting of large triangular scales with raised and pointed distal ends.|
|Comment||Type Species: Ameiva longicauda Bell is the Type species of the genus Aurivela HARVEY et al. 2012.|
Group: founding member of the longicauda group, characterized by the presence of an “opercular” projection of skin in the anterodorsal margin of the ears (Cabrera, 2004), among other features (Arias et al., 2011).
Synonymy: mostly after CEI 1993.
|Etymology||Etymology (genus): Aurivela is a feminine Latin noun in the nominative singular derived from the Latin words auris meaning ear and velatus meaning covered or concealed. The new name alludes to the auricular flap diagnostic of this genus.|