Lepidophyma radula (SMITH, 1942)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lepidophyma radula?
|Higher Taxa||Xantusiidae (Lepidophyminae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Yautepec Tropical Night Lizard|
S: Lagartija Nocturna de Yautepec
|Synonym||Gaigeia radula SMITH 1942: 376|
Gaigeia radula — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 153
Lepidophyma radula — SAVAGE 1963
Lepidophyma radula — LINER 1994
Lepidophyma radula— BEZY & CAMARILLO 2002
Lepidophyma radula — MATA-SILVA et al. 2015
Type locality: San Jose Manteca, 5 kilometers from San Carlos Yautepec, Oaxaca
|Types||Holotype: USNM 111472|
|Diagnosis||DIAGNOSIS (DIAGNOSTIC CHARACTERS). The species differs from all other Lepidophyma except L. dontomasi and L. lowei 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. gaigeae and L. dontomasi in having less than 140 dorsals; from L. dontomasi in having distinctly enlarged tubercles on the side of the body; and from L. lowei and L. gaigeae in having fewer than 22 femoral pores. Lepidophyma dontomasi, L. lowei, and L. radula are restricted to eastern Oaxaca and are unique in the genus in having most caudal whorls separated|
by only 2 interwhorls, one of which is complete ventrally.
Known only from the holotype (from BEZY & CAMARILLO 2002).
Note that Flores-Villela et al. (2005) gave an independent diagnosis.
|Etymology||Named after the Lating radula (= scraper) which refers to the body surface, which is rough, or filelike because of the presence of large tubercular scales.|