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Plica caribeana MURPHY & JOWERS, 2013

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Higher TaxaTropiduridae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesCaribbean treerunner 
SynonymPlica caribeana MURPHY & JOWERS 2013: 59
Hypsibatus agamoides – COURT 1858: 440
Uraniscodon plica – BOULENGER 1885, 2: 180 (in part)
Plica plica – BURT & BURT 1931: 282 (in part)
Tropidurus plica – FROST 1992: 1 (in part) 
DistributionVenezuela (eastern Coastal Range: Cordillera de la Costa Oriental, south into Bolivar); Trinidad, the Bocas Islands (Huevos, Monos, and Gaspar Grande); Tobago (Murphy and Downie 2012).

Type locality: Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, Trinidad: San Rafael (~10°34'N; 61°16'W).  
Reproductionoviparous, 2 eggs per clutch (MURPHY & JOWERS 2013) 
TypesHolotype: FMNH 49838, an adult female, 110 mm SVL, 172 mm tail. Collected in 1947 by Frank Wonder. 
CommentHabitat: forest and forest-edges, most frequently observed on tree-trunks, rock walls, walls of caves, and buildings. 
EtymologyNamed for its Caribbean Coastal Range distribution. 
References
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Vol. 2, Second edition. London, xiii+497 pp. - get paper here
  • Burt,C.E. & Burt,M.D. 1931. South American lizards in the collection of the American Museum of Natural History. Bull. Amer. Mus. nat. Hist. 61 (7): 227-395
  • Court J 1858. Catalogue of Reptiles. In: DeVerteuil LAAG (Ed) Trinidad: Its Geography, Natural Resources, Administration, Present Condition, and Prospects. Ward and Lock, London, 440–441.
  • Frost, Darrel R. 1992. Phylogenetic analysis and taxonomy of the Tropidurus group of lizards (Iguania: Tropidurudae). American Museum Novitates (3033): 1-68 - get paper here
  • Murphy JC, Jowers MJ 2013. Treerunners, cryptic lizards of the Plica plica group (Squamata, Sauria,Tropiduridae) of northern South America. ZooKeys 355: 49–77 - get paper here
 
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