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Gymnophthalmus speciosus (HALLOWELL, 1861)

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Higher TaxaGymnophthalmidae, Sauria (lizards) 
SubspeciesGymnophthalmus speciosus speciosus (HALLOWELL 1861)
Gymnophthalmus speciosus birdi STUART 1939
Gymnophthalmus speciosus sumichrasti (COPE 1876) 
Common NamesGolden Spectacled Tegu 
SynonymBlepharictisis speciosa HALLOWELL 1861: 484
Gymnophthalmus speciosus — STUART 1939: 4
Gymnophthalmus speciosus speciosus — MERTENS 1952: 56
Gymnophthalmus speciosus — PETERS et al. 1970: 138
Gymnophthalmus speciosus - HARDY et al. 1989: 215
Gymnophthalmus speciosus — LINER 1994

Gymnophthalmus speciosus birdi STUART 1939
Gymnophthalmus birdi STUART 1939
Gymnophthalmus speciosus birdi — MERTENS 1952: 56
Gymnophthalmus speciosus birdi — PETERS et al. 1970: 138
Gymnophthalmus speciosus birdi — McCOY 1990

Gymnophthalmus speciosus sumichrasti COPE 1876
Epaphelus sumichrasti COPE 1876: 115
Epaphelus sumichrasti — COPE 1879: 270
Gymnophthalmus sumichrasti — GÜNTHER 1885: 29
Gymnophthalmus speciosus sumichrasti — STUART 1939
Gymnophthalmus speciosus sumichrasti — PETERS et al. 1970: 138 
DistributionS Mexico, W Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela (Carabobo etc.),
Colombia (North Coast of Colombia; Magdalena and Cauca Valley Rivers), Margarita I, Chacachacare Island

Type locality: Nicaragua

birdi: Guatemala; Type locality: Guatemala, Baja Verapaz, Salamá Basin, 2 km S San Gerónimo. Holotype: UMMZ 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.
CommentChacachacare Island is off Trinidad. This species apparently has not been found on Trinidad itself. Bisexual species (in contrast to G. underwoodi). 
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