Ophiodes enso ENTIAUSPE-NETO, MARQUES-QUINTELA, REGNET, TEIXEIRA, SILVEIRA & LOEBMANN, 2017
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Ophiodes enso?
|Higher Taxa||Diploglossidae, Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Ophiodes enso ENTIAUSPE-NETO, MARQUES-QUINTELA, REGNET, TEIXEIRA, SILVEIRA & LOEBMANN 2017|
Ophiodes vertebralis — LEMA 1994: 65
Ophiodes vertebralis —QUINTELA et al., 2006: 61
Ophiodes sp. — QUINTELA and LOEBMANN, 2009: 40
Ophiodes sp. — QUINTELA et al. 2011: 59
|Distribution||Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul)|
Type locality: Laranjal Beach (-31.7666°S -52.2166°W), altitude approximately 2 m, Patos Lagoon estuary, municipality of Pelotas, state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
|Types||Holotype: CHFURG 3589, an adult female, collected on 29 October 2015 by Daniel Loebmann (Figs. 1, 2).|
Paratypes.—CHFURG 3564–3587 from type locality; CHFURG 3588 from Barra, municipality of Rio Grande (-32.0350°S -52.0988°W); all specimens collected between 29 October and 3 November 2015 by Daniel Loebmann.
|Etymology||The species name refers to the Japanese-Buddhism Enso symbol, a hand-drawn circle made in a single or double brushstroke that closely resembles the silhouette of a Ophiodes specimen (Fig. 2). Also noteworthy is that type series of O. enso sp. n. was discovered during the El Niño Southern Oscillation event of 2015 (popularly known as ENSO, which is marked by heavy rainfall), and that event culminated in the movement of the aforementioned type series into the Lagoa dos Patos shores. This is also the first species to be discovered as a result of the ENSO phenomenon.|