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Pantepuisaurus rodriguesi KOK, 2009

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Higher TaxaGymnophthalmidae (Cercosaurinae), Sauria, Gymnophthalmoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymPantepuisaurus rodriguesi KOK 2009 
DistributionW Guyana

Type locality: summit plateau of Mount Maringma, Cuyuni-Mazaruni District, Guyana (05° 12’ 57”N, 060° 35’ 07”W, 2080 m elevation).  
TypesHolotype: IRSNB 2650 (field number PK 2044), an adult male collected by Paul Benjamin, Philippe J. R. Kok and Claudius Perry, 28 November 2007 at 14h55. 
CommentType Species: Pantepuisaurus rodriguesi KOK 2009 is the type species of the genus Pantepuisaurus KOK 2009.

Subfamily: the subfamilial classification of this genus is still unresolved (T. Doan, pers. comm., 2 Jun 2014).

For diagnostic morphological characters distinguishing Marinussaurus, Amapasaurus, Anotosaura, Arthrosaura, Colobosauroides, Dryadosaura,Ecpleopus, Kaieteurosaurus, Leposoma, and Pantepuisaurus see Table 2 in PELOSO et al. 2011.

Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyEtymology (genus): A noun in apposition, derived from “Pantepui” referring to the phytogeographic province where the type species was discovered, and the Greek sauros meaning “lizard”.

Etymology (species): The specific epithet is a noun in the genitive case, honoring Brazilian herpetologist Miguel Trefaut Rodrigues (Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil) for his huge contribution to the knowledge of the family Gymnophthalmidae using both morphological and molecular approaches. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Peloso, Pedro L.V.; Katia C. M. Pellegrino, Miguel T. Rodrigues, and Teresa C.S. Ávila-Pires 2011. Description and Phylogenetic Relationships of a New Genus and Species of Lizard (Squamata, Gymnophthalmidae) from the Amazonian Rainforest of Northern Brazil. American Museum Novitates (3713): 1-24 - get paper here
  • Philippe J. R. Kok. 2009. Lizard in the clouds: a new highland genus and species of Gymnophthalmidae (Reptilia: Squamata) from Maringma tepui, western Guyana. Zootaxa 1992: 53-67 - get paper here
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