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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. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: P. waka is diagnosed by gracile habitus, smooth dorsal scales, an anterior superciliary that extends onto the dorsum, absence of loreal, three genials, 36–49 transverse dorsal scale rows, 23–28 transverse ventral scale rows, 0–7 femoral pores, absence of subocular-labial fusion, and a color pattern consisting of dark spots or fine lines or bands on a pale brown background.
 
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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