Lepidophyma tarascae BEZY, WEBB & ÁLVAREZ, 1982
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lepidophyma tarascae?
|Higher Taxa||Xantusiidae (Lepidophyminae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Tarascan Tropical Night Lizard|
S: Lagartija Nocturna de Tarasca
|Synonym||Lepidophyma tarascae BEZY, WEBB & ÁLVAREZ 1982|
Lepidophyma tarascae — LINER 1994
Lepidophyma tarascae — BEZY & CAMARILLO 2002
Lepidophyma tarascae — JOHNSON et al. 2017
|Distribution||Mexico (Michoacan, Guerrero, Colima)|
Type locality: near Mexiquillo, Aquila District, Michoacan, México, Mexiquillo (18º08’ N, 103º56’W) is ca. 77 km (air) WNW Lázaro Cárdenas and the mouth of the Río Balsas.
|Types||Holotype: ENCB 9221 (Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biologicas, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, D.F.)|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: The species differs from all other Lepidophyma except L. smithii and L. lineri in lacking a pale parietal spot in adults; from L. smithii, L. lineri, and L. occulor in having 159 or fewer dorsals and 43 or fewer gulars; from all except L. dontomasi, L. smithii, L. lineri, L. tuxtlae, and L. occulor in having 18 or fewer total femoral pores; and from all except L. radula, L. smithii, L. lineri, L. flavimaculatum, L. occulor, and L. sylvaticum in having 25 or fewer lateral tubercle rows (from BEZY & CAMARILLO 2002).|
REMARKS. Lepidophyma tarascae is most similar to L. smithii, and additional material bridge the differences between the two in and gulars. All known specimens of L. have an uninterrupted row of enlarged tubercles extending from the posteroventral margin of opening to above the gular fold (fig. 3 in al., 1982). However, in the Coalcoma´n MZFC 8603) the row is not as distinct type series (i.e., it is less clearly separated scattered large tubercles of the upper nuchal and approaches the condition seen in some smithii (from BEZY & CAMARILLO 2002).
|Etymology||Named after the Tarasca, the indigenous people of the region of the locality (Michoacán).|