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Marisora brachypoda (TAYLOR, 1956)

IUCN Red List - Marisora brachypoda - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymMabuya brachypodus TAYLOR 1956: 308
Mabuya brachypoda — CAMPBELL 1998
Marisora brachypoda — HEDGES & CONN 2012: 119
Marisora brachypoda — MCCRANIE 2018 
DistributionMexico (Guerrero, Morelos, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Jalisco, Campeche, Quintana Roo, Puebla), S Nicaragua, E Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize

Type locality: “4 km ESE of Los Angeles de Tilarán, Guanacaste”  
Reproductionviviparous. 
TypesHolotype: KU (= KUMNH) 36258; paratypes: KUMNH 
Diagnosis 
CommentSynonymy: SAVAGE 1973 listed this species as a synonym of Mabuya unimarginata which in turn was listed as synonym of Mabuia aurata in BOULENGER 1887: 189. Pinto-Sánchez et al. (2015) suggested to synonymize unimarginata, brachypoda and alliacea and roatanae into Marisora unimarginata.

Distribution: We cannot track down reports from C Panama (”Bocas del Toro, relict population”). Porbably not in Panama (S. Lotzkat, pers. comm., 23 Dc 2015). 
EtymologyThe generic name (Marisora) is a feminine noun derived from the Latin words maris (sea) and ora (coast, or border), referring to the distribution of this genus occurring predominately in low elevations near the coast (Caribbean, Atlantic, and Pacific), with relatively few inland and upland localities. Three of the seven species occur exclusively on islands. 
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