Kentropyx borckiana (PETERS, 1869)
|Higher Taxa||Teiidae, Sauria (lizards)|
|Common Names||Guyana Kentropyx|
|Synonym||Centropyx Borckiana PETERS 1869: 64|
Centropyx Copii GARMAN 1887
Gastropholis mertensi DE GRIJS 1926 (fide GALLAGHER & DIXON 1980)
Kentropyx copei — GRANT 1959
Kentropyx borckianus — HOOGMOED 1973
Kentropyx borckiana — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 421
Kentropyx borckianus — BAUER et al. 1995: 66
Kentropyx borckiana — HARVEY et al. 2012
|Distribution||Lesser Antilles: Barbados;|
NE South America: N Guyana, N French Guiana, N Suriname.
copei: Barbados (fide GRANT 1959)
Type locality: “Guiana”
|Types||Lectotype: ZMB 897 (designated by HOOGMOED 1973)|
|Comment||PETERS (1869) ascribes “C. Borckiana” to Merrem 1809 who may have described the species in the “Ann. d. Wetterauischen Gesellschaft 1809”. See also Myers et al. 2011.|
Has been erroneously reported from Trinidad (BOOS & QUESNEL 1971).
Reproduction: oviparous. More than 100 females and yet no males of Kentropyx borckiana are known from northern South America and Barbados. K. borckiana from Guyana seems to represent a unisexual clone that originated from one or more parthenogenetic F-1 hybrids between Kentropyx calcarata x Kentropyx striata, the other two species of this genus known previously from the Guiana Region.
|Etymology||Named after Johann Graf von Borcke (1781-1862) who joined the Prussian Army (1797), served temporarily in the Westphalian Army in Spain and in Russia, before re-joining the Prussian army. He fought at both Ligny and Waterloo. He retired from the army (1832). Merrem reported that Major von Borcke had presented a number of specimens to the Berlin Museum and that they had come originally from the sale of Albertus Seba’s collection. Peters, who re-described the animal (1869), remarked that unfortunately the original specimen of the Borcke collection got lost.|