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Psilops seductus RODRIGUES, RECODER, TEIXEIRA JR, ROSCITO, GUERRERO, SALES-NUNES, FREITAS, FERNANDES, BOCCHIGLIERI, VECHIO, FORTES-LEITE, CAMPOS NOGUEIRA, DAMASCENO, MACHADO PELLEGRINO, SUZART-ARGÔLO & AMARO, 2017

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Higher TaxaGymnophthalmidae (Gymnophthalminae), Gymnophthalmini, Sauria, Gymnophthalmoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymPsilops seductus RODRIGUES, RECODER, TEIXEIRA JR, ROSCITO, GUERRERO, SALES-NUNES, FREITAS, FERNANDES, BOCCHIGLIERI, VECHIO, FORTES-LEITE, CAMPOS NOGUEIRA, DAMASCENO, MACHADO PELLEGRINO, SUZART-ARGÔLO & AMARO 2017 
DistributionBrazil (Bahia)

Type locality: Fazenda Jatobá (13°53' S, 45°42'W, 840 m a.s.l.), municipality of Jaborandi, Bahia, Brazil; The type locality, Fazenda Jatobá, is situated near the border between the states of Bahia, Minas Gerais and Goiás.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: MNRJ 19099, adult male, collected on 6th June 2008 by Adriana Bocchiglieri and Daniel Fernandes da Silva. Paratypes. MNRJ 19097–98, MNRJ 19100–05, MNRJ 19417–18, same data as for the holotype, collected between January 2008 and December 2009. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Psilops seductus differs from P. paeminosus (data in parenthesis) by having a higher number of scale rows around midbody, 22 (17–20), a lower number of subdigital lamellae under Finger IV, 13–16 (15–20), and Toe IV, 9–11 (11–13), a lower number of total pores, 10–13 (14–16), and a red tail in adults (brown). It differs from P. mucugensis by having more scale rows around midbody, 22 (17–21), a lower number of subdigital lamellae under Finger IV, 13–16 (16-19) and Toe IV, 9–11 (11–14), a lower number of smooth subcaudal scales, 2–5 (7–14), a lower number of total pores, 10–13 (16–20), and a shorter foot, 14.8% SVL (17.6 %). Additionally, it differs from P. paeminosus and P. mucugensis in lacking calcified spines (present) and by having papillae ornamenting the hemipenial flounces (absent).
 
CommentHabitat: 11 specimens were collected, seven in areas of continuous cerrado, three in areas of Pinus and Eucalyptus plantations, and one in a small fragmented cerrado. A single specimen (MZUSP 94703) was collected at a nearby locality, in Formoso, Minas Gerais, in Grande Sertão Veredas National Park, a large (230.714 ha) protected area at the border between Bahia and Minas Gerais. This specimen was collected in a pitfall trap within carrasco vegetation, a dense semideciduous arboreal phytophysiognomy occurring in isolated patches on top of the Serra Geral plateau, dominated by open cerrado savannas. 
Etymology 
References
  • RODRIGUES, MIGUEL TREFAUT; RENATO RECODER, MAURO JR TEIXEIRA, JULIANA GUSSON ROSCITO, AGUSTÍN CAMACHO GUERRERO, PEDRO M. SALES NUNES, MARCO ANTONIO DE FREITAS, DANIEL SILVA FERNANDES, ADRIANA BOCCHIGLIERI, FRANCISCO DAL VECHIO, FELIPE SÁ FORTES LEITE 2017. A morphological and molecular study of Psilops, a replacement name for the Brazilian microteiid lizard genus Psilophthalmus Rodrigues 1991 (Squamata, Gymnophthalmidae), with the description of two new species Zootaxa 4286 (4): 451–482 - get paper here
 
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