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Holcosus septemlineatus (DUMÉRIL, 1851)

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Higher TaxaTeiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Seven-lined Ameiva
S: Lagartija terrestre de cola azul 
SynonymAmeiva Septemlineata DUMÉRIL 1851: 114
Ameiva sex-scutata GÜNTHER 1859
Ameiva septemlineata — BOULENGER 1885: 346
Ameiva septemlineata — PETERS & DONOSO-BARROS 1970: 23
Ameiva septemlineata — CARRERA et al. 2009
Holcosus septemlineatus — HARVEY et al. 2012 
DistributionEcuador (lowlands from Guayaquil north), Colombia [Castro,F. (pers. comm.)]

Type locality: South America  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: MNHN = MHNP 4198 
CommentSynonymy mostly that of PETERS & DONOSO-BARROS 1970.

Type species: Ameiva septemlineata Duméril is the type species of the genus Holcosus COPE 1862. 
EtymologyEtymology (genus): Cope (1862) did not discuss the derivation of Holcosus. He may have been inspired by the masculine Latin noun holcos (from Greek holkos), meaning a kind of grain. The name may be a reference to the many cephalic shields that have fragmented into numerous small and, therefore, grain-like keeled scales in the type species H. septemlineatus. Holcosus is a masculine noun in the nominative singular. 
References
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Vol. 2, Second edition. London, xiii+497 pp. - get paper here
  • Duméril, A.M.C. & A. H. A. Duméril 1851. Catalogue méthodique de la collection des reptiles du Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris. Gide et Baudry/Roret, Paris, 224 pp.
  • Günther,A. 1859. Second list of cold-blooded vertebrata collected by Mr. Fraser in the Andes of Western Ecuador. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1859: 402-422 - get paper here
  • HARVEY, MICHAEL B.; GABRIEL N. UGUETO & RONALD L. GUTBERLET, Jr. 2012. Review of Teiid Morphology with a Revised Taxonomy and Phylogeny of the Teiidae (Lepidosauria: Squamata). Zootaxa 3459: 1–156 - get paper here
 
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