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Euspondylus paxcorpus DOAN & ADAMS, 2015

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Higher TaxaGymnophthalmidae (Cercosaurinae), Sauria, Gymnophthalmoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymEuspondylus paxcorpus DOAN & ADAMS 2015 
DistributionPeru (Junin)

Type locality: Ulcuran, district of Ulcumayo, province of Junín, region of Junín, Peru; 10° 57.954’ S, 75° 49.753’W; 3341 m elevation. Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
TypesHolotype. UTA R-62329, an adult male (Fig. 1); collected on 8 November 2013 by Esther Ulloa Ribera.
Paratypes. Twelve paratypes (7 male, 2 female, 2 juvenile) are from the Ulcumayo district, province Junín, region Junín, Peru. UTA R-62308, an adult female, from Villac, 3741 m, collected by Franklin Jeferson Malpartida Ramos, 19 September 2013; UTA R-62309, an adult male, from Yapacmarka, 3754 m, by Frank Hever Malpartida Ramos, 20 September 2013; UTA R-62310, a subadult male, from Hachulan, 3581 m, by Herlis Malpartida Alderete, 5 November 2013; UTA R-62312, a subadult male, and UTA R-62313, a juvenile, from Huaylla, 3615 m, by Herlis Malpartida Alderete, 5 November 2013; UTA R-62315, a female, and UTA R-62317, a male, from La Libertad, 3523 m, by Heraclio Ulloa Condor, 6 November 2013; UTA R-62321, a male, from Matamayo, 3508 m, by Herlis Malpartida Alderete, 6 November 2013; UTA R-62325, a male, from Yananauwi, 3280 m, by Anibel Malpartida Arias, 7 November 2013; UTA R-62328, a juvenile male, from Ulcuran, 3341 m, by Esther Ulloa Ribera, 8 November 2013; UTA R-62330, a subadult male, from Ulcumayo, 3610 m, by Josben Chuco Carhuapoma, 9 November 2013. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet paxcorpus is a Latin noun that honors the Peace Corps, or Cuerpo de Paz in Spanish. The lizards were discovered and collected by a Peace Corps Volunteer during his service in Peru to promote community-based environmental management. 
  • DOAN, TIFFANY M. & GRANT ADAMS 2015. A novel species of Euspondylus (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae) from the Andes Mountains of central Peru Zootaxa 4033 (1): 129–136 - get paper here
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