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Laemanctus julioi MCCRANIE, 2018

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Higher TaxaCorytophanidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Julio’s Casquehead Iguana 
SynonymLaemanctus julioi MCCRANIE 2018: 204 
DistributionSC Honduras (moderate elevations on the Pacific versant); elevation 650 to 1,000 m

Type locality: ‘‘Residencial Plaza, 14°03.870’ N, 87°11.376’ W, 1000 m elev., Tegucigalpa, Distrito Central, Francisco Morazán, Honduras’’).  
TypesHolotype: USNM 572041 
DiagnosisDiagnosis/Similar Species.—The promi- nent flat-topped cephalic crest will distin- guish Laemanctus julioi from all other Honduran lizards, except the remaining Laemanctus. Laemanctus longipes and L. waltersi have relatively small anterior dorsal head scales (postrostrals) with 37–55 post- rostral scales between the rostral and anterior edge of the eye, have 36–47 scales around midbody, and lack a pale colored dorsolateral broad stripe (versus 20 post- rostral scales, 53 scales around midbody, and broad pale dorsolateral stripe present in L. julioi). Laemanctus waltersi also lacks a gular fold (versus complete gular fold in L. julioi). Laemanctus serratus has a fringe of enlarged, erect, flattened, serrated scales on the posterior edge of the cephalic crest and has a serrated middorsal crest (versus no fringe of enlarged triangular scales on posterior edge of cephalic crest and no serrated middorsal crest in L. julioi). 
CommentBehvior: diurnal 
EtymologyThe specific name julioi is a patronym for Julio Enrique Mérida, the current curator of the Museum of Natural History at the UNAH in Tegucigalpa. 
  • ANTÚNEZ-FONSECA, CRISTOPHER ALBERTO; LUIS GUALBERTO ZÚNIGA, DENIS PADILLARAUDALES, HERMES VEGA-R. & CARLOS FUNES 2021. Extended range and observations on the natural history of the casquehead lizard Laemanctus julioi from Honduras. The Herpetological Bulletin (156) - get paper here
  • McCranie, James R. 2018. The Lizards, Crocodiles, and Turtles of Honduras. Systematics, Distribution, and Conservation. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Special Publication Series (2): 1- 666 - get paper here
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