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Callopistes flavipunctatus (DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1839)

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Higher TaxaTeiidae, Tupinambinae, Sauria, Gymnophthalmoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesFalse Monitor 
SynonymAporomera flavipunctata DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 72
Callopistes flavipunctatus - GRAY 1845: 17
Tejovaranus Branickii STEINDACHNER 1877: 93
Callopistes flavipunctatus — PETERS & DONOSO-BARROS 1970: 88
Callopistes flavipunctatus — BONETTI 2002: 170
Tejovaranus flavipunctatus — SCHLÜTER 2004
Callopistes flavipunctatus — KOCH 2010 
DistributionPeru, S Ecuador (interandean valleys)

Type locality: Tropical South America Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
TypesSyntypes: MNHN = MHNP 8298 (2)
Syntypes: NMW [Tejovaranus Branickii] 
CommentSynonymy that of PETERS & DONOSO-BARROS 1970.

Karyotype: Gorman (1970: 238) noticed that the karyotypes of the two Callopistes species are “indistinguishable” and “unique among lizards.” 
  • Bonetti, Mathilde 2002. 100 Sauri. Mondadori (Milano), 192 pp.
  • Chávez, G. & Venegas, P. 2007. Looking for Macanches in the dry forest of Peru. Reptilia (GB) (51): 54-59 - get paper here
  • Crespo, S. & C. Koch 2015. Notes on natural history and distribution of Callopistes flavipunctatus (Squamata: Teiidae) in northwestern Peru. Salamandra 51 (1): 57-60 - get paper here
  • Duméril, A. M. C. and G. Bibron. 1839. Erpétologie Générale on Histoire Naturelle Complète des Reptiles. Vol.5. Roret/Fain et Thunot, Paris, 871 pp. - get paper here
  • Gray, J. E. 1845. Catalogue of the specimens of lizards in the collection of the British Museum. Trustees of die British Museum/Edward Newman, London: xxvii + 289 pp. - get paper here
  • Koch, C. 2010. Geheimnisvolles Peru. Reptilia (Münster) 15 (82): 36-45 - get paper here
  • Lemm, Jeffrey M. and Eduardo Cueva. 2016. Callopistes flavipunctatus (Yellow-spotted Tegu Monitor) Diet and social behavior. Herpetological Review 47 (1): 133-134
  • Schlüter, U. 2004. Bemerkungen über Warantejus, Tejovaranus flavipunctatus (DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839). Sauria, Berlin 26 (1): 17-21 - get paper here
  • Schlüter, U. 2006. Die Ernährung von Ameiven und Warantejus in der Natur und bei Terrarienhaltung. Reptilia (Münster) 11 (62): 56-62 - get paper here
  • Steindachner,F. 1878. Über zwei Eidechsen-Arten aus Süd-Amerika und Borneo. Denkschr. Kais. Akad. Wiss. (Wien) 38: 93-96 - get paper here
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