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Lepidophyma chicoasensis ALVAREZ & VALENTIN, 1988

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Higher TaxaXantusiidae (Lepidophyminae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Sumidero Tropical Night Lizard
S: Lagartija Nocturna del Sumidero 
SynonymLepidophyma chicoasensis ALVAREZ & VALENTIN 1988
Lepidophyma chicoasensis — LINER 1994
Lepidophyma chicoasensis— BEZY & CAMARILLO 2002
Lepidophyma chicoasensis — JOHNSON et al. 2017 
DistributionMexico (C Chiapas)

Type locality: 16.3 km E Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, México, elevation 600 m.  
Reproductionviviparous 
TypesHolotype: ENCB 11132 (Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biologicas, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, D.F.) 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS (DIAGNOSTIC CHARACTERS). The species differs from all other Lepidophyma in having 35 or more fourth toe lamellae. It differs from all except L. smithii, L. flavimaculatum, L. micropholis, and L. sylvaticum in having 53 or more gulars; from L. gaigeae, L. dontomasi, L. lowei, L. radula, L. tarascae, and L. pajapanense in having 177 or more dorsals; and from L. reticulatum, L. micropholis, and L. occulor in having 192 or fewer dorsals (from BEZY & CAMARILLO 2002).
 
CommentMax. SVL: 78 mm.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after La Presa de Chicoasén, Chiapas, located in the region of the type locality. 
References
  • Alvarez T; Valentin N 1988. Descripcion de una nueva especie de Lepidophyma (Reptilia: Xantusiidae) de Chiapas, Mexico. ANALES DE LA ESCUELA NACIONAL DE CIENCIAS BIOLOGICAS MEXICO 32 (1-4): 123-130
  • Bezy,R.L. & Camarillo, J.L. 2002. SYSTEMATICS OF XANTUSIID LIZARDS OF THE GENUS LEPIDOPHYMA. Contributions in Science (493): 1–41 - get paper here
  • Campos-Rodríguez, José Ismael; López-Vidal, Juan Carlos 2007. Annotated checklist of type specimens in the herpetological collection of the Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biológicas, I.P.N., Mexico. Southwestern Naturalist 52 (2): 323-326 - get paper here
  • Johnson, J. D., L. D. Wilson, V. Mata-Silva, E. García-Padilla, and D. L. DeSantis. 2017. The endemic herpetofauna of Mexico: organisms of global significance in severe peril. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4(3): 544–620
  • Johnson, Jerry D.; Vicente Mata-Silva, Elí García Padilla, and Larry David Wilson 2015. The Herpetofauna of Chiapas, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 (3): 272–329. - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
 
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