Panopa croizati (HORTON, 1973)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Panopa croizati?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Mabuyinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Horton's Mabuya|
|Synonym||Mabuya croizati HORTON 1973|
Mabuya croizati — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Panopa croizati — HEDGES & CONN 2012: 137
|Distribution||NE Venezuela (Antzoategui, Sucre: endemic to the Turimiquire Massif), Bazil (Sao Paulo)|
Type locality: Venezuela, Sucre, Mt. Tutumiquire
|Types||Holotype: AMNH 29314|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis (genus). Species in this genus are characterized by (1) frontoparietals, one, (2) supraciliaries, 4–6, (3) supraoculars, four, (4) prefrontal contact, present (a single, fused prefrontal), (5) parietal contact, present, (6) rows of nuchals, usually 3–5, (7) dorsals + ventrals, 115–126, (8) total lamellae, 191–209, (9) a dark middorsal stripe, absent, (10) dark dorsolateral stripes, present, (11) a dark lateral stripe, present, and (12) dark ventral striping, absent. They are intermediately sized, with a range of maximum body sizes among the species of 69–76 mm SVL (Table 2).|
The presence of a single (fused) frontoparietal scale separates Panopa from all other genera (two, or rarely three frontoparietals) except Aspronema (1–2 scales) and Exila and Notomabuya (one scale). The presence of prefrontal contact or fusion separates Panopa from Brasiliscincus, Capitellum, Notomabuya, and Psychosaura (no prefrontal contact) and from Alinea, Aspronema, Copeoglossum, Mabuya, Manciola, Maracaiba, and Marisora (no or rare contact). The presence of 3–5 rows of nuchals separates Panopa from all other genera (fewer than three rows) except Alinea (1–3 rows), Exila (2–3 rows), and Spondylurus (1–3 rows). Panopa also have blue tails in juveniles and adults. The only other mabuyines known to have blue tails are Spondylurus lineolatus of Hispaniola (juveniles and adults) and S. powelli sp. nov. (juveniles only).
DIAGNOSIS (species). Mabuya with paired prefrontals and fused frontoparietals, parietal plates incontact with each other behind the interparietal plate, two to four pairs of nuchals. Five, rarely six, supraciliaries subequal in size. Palms and soles dark coloured. Body with six longitudinal dark stripes; two dorsal stripes running from supranasals or frontonasal, to the base of the tail where they fuse, two dorsolateral stripes and two lateral stripes.
|Comment||Type Species: Mabuya croizati Horton, 1973:75 is the type species of the genus Panopa HEDGES & CONN 2012.|
Habitat: rock-dwelling and heliophylous
|Etymology||Etymology (genus). The generic name (Panopa) is a feminine noun and is derived from the Greek adjective pan (whole, undivided) and noun lopas (flat plate), in allusion to the single (fused) frontoparietal scale.|