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Copeoglossum margaritae HEDGES & CONN, 2012

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymCopeoglossum margaritae HEDGES & CONN 2012: 79
Mabuya nigropunctata — MIRALLES et al., 2005:833 (part)
Mabuya nigropunctata — RIVAS et al., 2005:349 (part)
Mabuya nigropunctata — MIRALLES et al., 2009:609 (part)
Mabuya nigropunctata — UGUETO & RIVAS, 2010:208 (part) 
DistributionVenezuela (Margarita Island)

Type locality: 3 km NE La Asuncion, Margarita Island, Nueva Esparta, Venezuela (11° 03' N, 63° 51' W, 410 m)  
TypesHolotype: USNM 217141, an adult female, in February, 1967. Collector unrecorded. Field number SVP 12355 (Smithsonian Venezuelan Project).
Paratypes (n = 2). Margarita Island, Venezuela. MHNLS 3401–02, Cerro Copey (Collected in 1953 by Felipe Martín). Photographs examined.
Copeoglossum margaritae is known from only 3 specimens. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe species name (margaritae) is a feminine genitive singular noun and refers to the distribution of the species on the island of Margarita. 
  • Hedges, S.B. & Conn, C.E. 2012. A new skink fauna from Caribbean islands (Squamata, Mabuyidae, Mabuyinae). Zootaxa 3288: 1–244 - get paper here
  • 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
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