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Petracola waka KIZIRIAN, BAYEFSKY-ANAND, ERIKSSON, MINH LE & DONNELLY, 2008

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Higher TaxaGymnophthalmidae (Cercosaurinae), Sauria, Gymnophthalmoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymPetracola waka KIZIRIAN, BAYEFSKY-ANAND, ERIKSSON, MINH LE & DONNELLY 2008
Petracola waka — ECHEVARRÍA & VENEGAS 2015 
DistributionN Peru (middle Río Marañon and Cajamara- Cajabamba basin [Río Crisnejos drainage]), elevation 2650–2900 m

Type locality: Cajabamba, Cajamarca Province, Peru, 2700 m elevation.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: KU 135079, collected 18 April 1970 by Thomas H. Fritts; Paratypes: FMNH 229377; KU 135059–78, 135080–89, 212685–88, 212707. 
CommentDistribution: P. waka is parapatrically distributed with respect to P. ventrimaculatus, which occurs at higher elevations. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet, an indeclinable word, is adapted from wak’a (= huaca), a word in Quechua (and possibly Aymara) used for objects and places of special significance. 
References
  • Echevarría LY, Venegas PJ. 2015. A new elusive species of Petracola (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae) from the Utcubamba basin in the Andes of northern Peru. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 9(1): 26–33 (e107) - get paper here
  • Kizirian, David; Bayefsky-Anand, Sarah; Eriksson, April; Le, Minh; Donnelly, Maureen A. 2008. A new Petracola and re-description of P. ventrimaculatus (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae). Zootaxa 1700:53-62 - get paper here
 
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