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Plica kathleenae MURPHY & JOWERS, 2013

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Higher TaxaTropiduridae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Kathleen’s Treerunner 
SynonymPlica kathleenae MURPHY & JOWERS 2013 
DistributionGuyana (Acarai Mountains)

Type locality: Guyana, Boundary Camp, Itabu Creek headwaters (~1°42'N, 57°55'W) in the Sierra Acarai Mountains near the Brazilian border, at an elevation of about 549 m).  
Reproductionoviparous (manual imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: FMNH 30931. An adult male, 124 mm SVL, tail damaged. Collected by Emmet Reid Blake on the Sewell Avery British Guiana Expedition, in September-October, 1938 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A Plica with dorsal scales in 158 rows at mid-body, 6 suboculars; scales on snout mostly imbricate and slightly pyramidal with asperities; head length 29% of the SVL (other species have heads 17–23% of the SVL); gular fold complete, antegular fold incomplete; dewlap originates in the space between the two folds; throat folds in this species are relatively shallow and do not form the mite pockets seen in other species. Plica plica has fewer scale rows at mid-body (126–140) as well as complete antegular folds. Plica caribeana sp. n. has 92–125 scale rows at mid- body, and scales on snout are keeled and imbricate. Plica medemi sp. n. has 145 scale rows at mid-body; seven suboculars; head length of 23% of the SVL. Plica rayi sp. n. has 181–202 scale rows at mid-body; and flat, juxtaposed scales on the snout. Plica lumaria and P. pansticta have smooth imbricate scales on snout and one scale between nasal and rostral. This species is known from only a single specimen (MURPHY & JOWERS 2013). 
CommentAbundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed in honor of Kathleen Kelly, Division of Amphibians and Reptiles, Field Museum of Natural History, for her interest and effort on behalf of herpetology. 
  • 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
  • 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
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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