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Celestus ingridae WERLER & CAMPBELL, 2004

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Higher TaxaDiploglossidae, Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesIngrid’s Galliwasp 
SynonymDiploglossus ingridae WERLER & CAMPBELL 2004
Celestus ingridae — SAVAGE et al. 2008
Celestus ingridae — JOHNSON et al. 2017 
DistributionMexico (Veracruz)

Type locality: “near village of Santa Martha (18°20’14’’ N, 94°53’25’’ W) on the western slope of Volcán Santa Martha, Sierra de Los Tuxtlas, Veracruz, Mexico, 1,200 m elevation”.  
TypesHolotype: UTA R-52521 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A species of Diploglossus having 1) a maximum snout–vent length (SVL) of 105 mm; 2) a single large median prefrontal; 3) the second median supraocular not contacting the prefrontal; 4) 3 loreals per side, all contacting supralabial series, the middle scale largest and not divided into a canthal, posterior scale not horizontally divided into 2 scales; 5) 4 or 5 postoculars per side, arranged in a single series continuous with suboculars; 6) a relatively short snout, usually supralabials 6 to 7 located directly below the eye; 7) the suture between the first and second supralabials located at a level about equal to center of naris, lower postnasal situated above supralabial 2; 8) 35 to 39 scales around body; 9) 79 to 84 scales along dorsal midline; 10) 14 to 17 enlarged subdigital lamellae on fourth toe; 11) dorsolateral stripes absent in adults, flanks with irregular dark bars, mottling, or both. In contrast to D. ingridae, the suture between the first and second supralabial in D. bivittatus, D. atitlanensis, D. montanus, and D. rozellae is located at a level beneath the anterior edge of the naris, rather than the center, and the postocular and subocular series are juxtaposed, with the lower members of the postocular series extending over the top of the subocular series, rather than being arranged in a continuous series. Diploglossus enneagrammus differs from D. ingridae in usually having fewer scales around midbody (33 to 35 vs. 35 to 39), a middle loreal that is often situated more dorsally, a posterior loreal frequently horizontally divided, and a dark flank pattern with pale flecks. Diploglossus enneagrammus is not known to exceed 89 mm SVL. Diploglossus legnotus has 33 scales around midbody (vs. 35 to 39 for D. ingridae), 75 to 79 scales along the dorsal midline (vs. 79 to 84), a flank pattern of narrow bars, and is larger, reaching 113 mm SVL. The dark pigmentation of the flanks at midbody extends over about 5 longitudinal scales rows in D. enneagrammus, 6 scale rows in D. legnotus, and 8 scale rows in D. ingridae (from WERLER & CAMPBELL 2004). 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after the late wife of the senior author, Ingrid Longstron Werler. 
  • Johnson, J. D., L. D. Wilson, V. Mata-Silva, E. García-Padilla, and D. L. DeSantis. 2017. The endemic herpetofauna of Mexico: organisms of global significance in severe peril. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4(3): 544–620
  • 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
  • Savage, JM; Lips, KR; Ibáñez RD 2008. A new species of Celestus from west-central Panama, with consideration of the status of the genera of the Anguidae: Diploglossinae (Squamata). Revista de Biologia Tropical 56 (2): 845-859 - get paper here
  • Werler, J.E. & Campbell, J.A. 2004. NEW LIZARD OF THE GENUS DIPLOGLOSSUS (ANGUIDAE: DIPLOGLOSSINAE) FROM THE TUXTLAN FAUNAL REGION, VERACRUZ, MEXICO. Southwestern Naturalist 49 (3):327–333 - get paper here
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