Cercosaura hypnoides DOAN & LAMAR, 2012
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cercosaura hypnoides?
|Higher Taxa||Gymnophthalmidae (Cercosaurinae), Sauria, Gymnophthalmoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Cercosaura hypnoides DOAN & LAMAR 2012|
|Distribution||Colombia (Meta), elevation 1640 m|
Type locality: Vereda de Portachuelo, in the vicinity of Manzanares, Municipality of Acacías, Department of Meta, Colombia; 4.1°N, 73.8°W; 1640 m.
|Types||Holotype: UTA R-60249 (Figs. 1, 2), an adult male, (Fig. 4); collected on 17 August 1979 by William W. Lamar and Eduardo Thierry.|
|Comment||Cercosaura hypnoides differs from all other species of Cercosaura by possessing three supraoculars, a single palpebral scale, five supralabials and infralabials, hexagonal, keeled dorsal scales arranged in transverse and oblique rows, small lateral scales, six longitudinal rows of ventrals, 8–12 femoral pores per hindlimb, 18–22 subdigital lamellae on the fourth toe, overlapping limbs when adpressed against the body, and the pattern of two dorsolateral and two lateral stripes throughout the head, body, and tail.|
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||The specific epithet is taken from the New Latin adjective hypnum, in turn derived from Greek hupnon (a type of lichen, + -oid) meaning “of the moss in reference to the luxuriant moss growth that characterized the lizard’s habitat and egg deposition sites.|