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Bachia blairi (DUNN, 1940)

IUCN Red List - Bachia blairi - Near Threatened, NT

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Higher TaxaGymnophthalmidae (Cercosaurinae), Sauria, Gymnophthalmoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymScolecosaurus blairi DUNN 1940: 115
Bachia blairi — MCDIARMID & DEWEESE 1977
Bachia blairi - FRANK & RAMUS 1995
Bachia blairi — KÖHLER 2000: 99
Bachia blairi — SAVAGE 2002: 520
Bachia blairi — KÖHLER 2008
Bachia blairi — JARAMILLO et al. 2010 
DistributionPanama, Costa Rica

Type locality: Panama, Chiriqui, Puerto Armuelles  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: ANSP 21773 
CommentSynonymy: McDiarmid & DeWeese (1977) consider B. blairi as valid species, after Dixon (1973) has synonymized it with B. pallidiceps. The only clear difference seems to be a bright dorsolateral stripe in pallidiceps that is missing from blairi.

Diagnosis: “Close to S. pallidiceps (Cope); like it in having digits 4-3, and prefrontals separated; differing in not having a lateral light stripe.” (Dunn 1940)
 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “pallidus” = pale or yellow(ish) and “-ceps”, short suffix for “caput” = head. 
References
  • Dunn,E.R. 1940. New and noteworthy herpetological material from Panamá. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia. 92: 105-122. - get paper here
  • Jaramillo, C., L. D. Wilson, R. Ibáñez, and F. Jaramillo 2010. The herpetofauna of Panama: distribution and conservation status. In L. D. Wilson, J. H. Townsend, and J. D. Johnson (eds.), Conservation of Mesoamerican Amphibians and Reptiles. Eagle Mountain Publishing LC, Eagle Mountain, Utah, Pg. 604–671
  • Köhler, G. 2000. Reptilien und Amphibien Mittelamerikas, Bd 1: Krokodile, Schildkröten, Echsen. Herpeton Verlag, Offenbach, 158 pp.
  • Köhler, G. 2008. Reptiles of Central America. 2nd Ed. Herpeton-Verlag, 400 pp.
  • McDiarmid, Roy W.; DeWeese, James E. 1977. The systematic status of the lizard Bachia blairi (Dunn) 1940 (Reptilia: Teiidae) and its occurrence in Costa Rica. Brenesia 12/13: 143-153
  • Savage, J.M. 2002. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Herpetofauna Between Two Continents, Between Two Seas. University of Chicago Press, 934 pp. [review in Copeia 2003 (1): 205]
 
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