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Higher TaxaGymnophthalmidae (Cercosaurinae s.l., Ecpleopodinae), Sauria, Gymnophthalmoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymKaieteurosaurus hindsi KOK 2005 
DistributionGuyana (Kaieteur National Park, Potaro-Siparuni district)

Type locality: on Tukeit trail, ca. 1,250 m NEE from the beginning of the Kaieteur National Park airstrip (from point closest to the gorge), 420 m elevation, Kaieteur National Park, Potaro-Siparuni district, Guyana.  
TypesHolotype: IRSNB 2628, an adult male, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, collected by Philippe Kok, Hemchandranauth Sambhu, Reuben Williams and Festus Marco, 23 November 2004. 
CommentType species: Kaieteurosaurus hindsi KOK 2005 is the type species of the genus Kaieteurosaurus KOK 2005.

Subfamily: the subfamilial classification of this genus is still unresolved (T. Doan, pers. comm., 2 Jun 2014).

For diagnostic morphological characters distinguishing Marinussaurus, Amapasaurus, Anotosaura, Arthrosaura, Colobosauroides, Dryadosaura,Ecpleopus, Kaieteurosaurus, Leposoma, and Pantepuisaurus see Table 2 in PELOSO et al. 2011.

Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe genus has been named after the Kaieteur National Park where the type species occurs, the connecting –o, and the Greek “sauros” meaning “lizard”. The gender is masculine. The specific epithet is a patronym honouring the Prime Minister of Guyana, Mr. Samuel Hinds who kindly granted permission to conduct our study in the Kaieteur National Park; without his enthusiastic support our research would not have been possible. 
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