Medopheos edracanthus (BOCOURT, 1874)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Medopheos edracanthus?
|Higher Taxa||Teiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Bocourt's Ameiva|
|Synonym||Ameiva edracantha BOCOURT 1874|
Cnemidophorus armatulus COPE 1875: 165
Verticaria hedracantha [sic] — COPE 1885: 172
Ameiva edracantha — BOULENGER 1885: 349
Ameiva edracantha — PETERS & DONOSO-BARROS 1970: 21
Ameiva edracantha — LEHR et al. 2002
Medopheos edracanthus — HARVEY et al. 2012
|Distribution||Ecuador, Peru (coastal areas; Ancash [hr 31: 52])|
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|Types||Holotype: MNHN 4202|
|Comment||Type species: Ameiva edracantha BOCOURT 1874 is the type species of the genus Medopheos HARVEY et al. 2012.|
Diagnosis (genus): Medopheos differs from all other Teiidae in having a cluster of 5–6 preanal spurs on either side of the vent in males. Unlike mainland Ameiva (characters in parentheses), Medopheos has ventrals in 8 longitudinal rows at midbody (10), large triangular scales on the dorsal surface of the brachium (granular), and three relatively large subequal scales at the heel (scales at heel small and numerous). Unlike Holcosus, Medopheos also has five parietals (three, except in the H. septemlineatus Group where the parietals are heavily and irregularly fractured), a rostral groove (absent except in H. niceforoi), homogeneous subdigital lamellae on the hands (subarticular lamellae swollen), and smooth distal lamellae of the fourth toe (sharply keeled). Medopheos lacks postanal plates and a dorsolateral row of serrated caudals (both present in Holcosus).
Synonymy that of PETERS & DONOSO-BARROS 1970
Terra typica: Mexico [BOCOURT 1874; in error]
|Etymology||Etymology (genus): Medopheos is a masculine noun in the nominative singular derived from the Greek noun medea meaning genitalia and pheos, a term used to refer to certain spiny plants. The name alludes to the distinctive cluster of 5–6 preanal spurs on either side of the vent of males.|
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