Lepidophyma lowei BEZY & CAMARILLO, 1997
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lepidophyma lowei?
|Higher Taxa||Xantusiidae (Lepidophyminae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Lowe’s Tropical Night Lizard|
S: Lagartija Nocturna de Lowe.
|Synonym||Lepidophyma lowei BEZY & CAMARILLO 1997|
Lepidophyma lowei— BEZY & CAMARILLO 2002
Lepidophyma lowei — MATA-SILVA et al. 2015
Type locality: ‘‘4.0 km (by rd) SE San Bartolome´ Zoogocho, Municipio Zoogocho, former Distrito Villa Alta, Oaxaca, México (178149N, 968159W; ca. 2200 m elevation).’’
|Reproduction||Viviparous [HR 30: 97].|
|Types||Holotype: CNAR (= IBH) 7500, paratypes: ENCB|
|Diagnosis||DIAGNOSIS (DIAGNOSTIC CHARACTERS). The species differs from all other Lepidophyma except L. dontomasi and L. radula in having enlarged caudal whorls that are separated dorsally by 2 rows of interwhorls, only one of which is complete ventrally; from all except L. dontomasi, L. gaigeae, L. radula, L. tuxtlae, and L. pajapanense in having 37 or fewer gulars; from L. dontomasi, L. gaigeae, and L. radula in having 158 or more dorsals; and from L. tuxtlae, L. pajapanense, L. mayae, L. chicoasense, L. lipetzi, L. flavimaculatum, L. reticulatum, and L. micropholis in having 7 or fewer divided fourth toe lamellae (from BEZY & CAMARILLO 2002).|
|Comment||Lepidophyma lowei is found in rock-crevices and resembles L. gaigeae, L. dontomasi, and L. radula in its small body size and weakly differentiated tubercular scales, but differs in aspects of caudal scalation and in number of dorsal scales.|
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||Named after Charles H. Lowe, a herpetologist at the University of Arizona.|