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Holcosus festivus (LICHTENSTEIN, 1856)

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Higher TaxaTeiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesHolcosus festivus festivus (LICHTENSTEIN 1856)
Holcosus festivus edwardsii BOCOURT 1873
Holcosus festivus occidentalis TAYLOR 1956 
Common NamesS: Ameiva Festiva
S: Middle American Ameiva
S: Lagartija Parda [edwardsii]
E: Edward’s Middle American Ameiva [edwardsii] 
SynonymCnemidophorus festivus LICHTENSTEIN 1856: 13
Ameiva eutropia COPE 1862 (fide DUNN 1940)
Ameiva festivus - BOCOURT 1874
Ameiva festiva — GÜNTHER 1885: 24
Ameiva festiva — BOULENGER 1885: 347
Ameiva festiva — PETERS et al. 1970: 21
Ameiva festiva — LINER 1994
Ameiva festiva — KÖHLER 2000: 97
Holcosus festivus — HARVEY et al. 2012

Ameiva festiva edwardsii BOCOURT 1873
Ameiva edwardsii BOCOURT 1873
Ameiva festiva edwardsii - STUART 1943: 21
Ameiva festiva edwardsii — SMITH & LAUFE 1946: 64
Ameiva festiva edwardsii - STUART 1948
Ameiva festiva edwardsii — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 174 
DistributionS Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador ?, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia; elevation: 100-1000 m

edwardsii: Atlantic foothills from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec through Honduras, in heavy forests. Chiapas. Type locality: Izabal and Santa María de Panzós, near Río Polochic, Guatemala. Restricted to Panzós by SMITH & TAYLOR 1950.

festiva: Panama, N Colombia; Type locality: “Veragoa” (= Santiago de Veragua, Panama).

occidentalis: Costa Rica. 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.
TypesSyntypes: ZMB 881
Syntypes: ANSP 9071, USNM 4320 [eutropia] 
CommentSynonymy partly that of PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970. Not listed for El Salvador by KÖHLER (2000).

Relative abundance in Honduras: common

Sympatry: Ameiva (= Holcosus) quadrilineatus 
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