Proctoporus unsaacae DOAN & CASTOE, 2003
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Proctoporus unsaacae?
|Higher Taxa||Gymnophthalmidae (Cercosaurinae), Sauria, Gymnophthalmoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Proctoporus unsaacae DOAN & CASTOE 2003|
Proctoporus unsaacae — CASTOE et al. 2004
Type locality: from Quello Uno (13° 21.887’ S, 71° 58.215’ W), a village near the town of Calca, Province of Calca, Department of Cusco, Peru; 3253 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: UTA R-51488|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. (1) Nasal divided, forming a pentagonal loreal scale; (2) median occipital present; (3) superciliaries four, first expanded onto dorsal surface of head; (4) palpebral eye-disc made up of a single, undivided scale; (5) genials two; (6) dorsal scales quadrangular, with low rounded keel, surrounded or not by longitudinal striations; (7) transverse rows of dorsals 36–42; (8) transverse ventral rows 18– 26; (9) a continuous series of small lateral scales separating dorsals and ventrals; (10) femoral pores per hind limb in males 5–7, in females 0–3; (11) preanal pores absent; (12) limbs not overlapping when adpressed against the body in adults; (13) a continuous series of dark-centered ocelli on the lateral surface; (14) venter cream, medial scales immaculate, ventrolateral scales with dark spot centered in each scale. Specimens of P. unsaacae show the pres-ence of an undivided palpebral eye-disc, which place them in the P. pachyurus group (Uzzell, 1970). Proctoporus unsaacae can be distin-guished from all other Proctoporus species except those in the P. pachyurus group by this character. Proctoporus unsaacae can be distinguished from P. bolivianus by a continuous series of lateral ocelli (in P. bolivianus, ocelli, if present, are faint and do not form a continuous series). It can be distinguished from P. guentheri by cream venter with ventrolateral scales that each have a dark spot (P. guentheri has yellow or orange venter without any spots). It can be distinguished from P. pachyurus by a lower number of transverse dorsal scale rows (47–61 in P. pachyurus; 36–42 in P. unsaacae). It can be distinguished from P. sucullucu by limbs not overlapping when adpressed.|
|Etymology||Named in honor of the herpetological research group at the Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad de Cusco, a university in Cusco, Peru, commonly referred to as UNSAAC.|