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Riama balneator (KIZIRIAN, 1996)

IUCN Red List - Riama balneator - Endangered, EN

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Higher TaxaGymnophthalmidae (Cercosaurinae), Sauria, Gymnophthalmoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymProctoporus balneator KIZIRIAN 1996
Proctoporus balneator — DOAN & SCHARGEL 2003
Riama balneator — DOAN & CASTOE 2005 
DistributionEcuador (Tungurahua)

Type locality: Southern versant of [Volcán] Tungurahua [78° 25’ W, 01° 32’ S], 2750 m elevation.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: MHNG 2360.44 
Comment 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a Latin noun (in apposition), balneator, -oris in the nominative case, meaning "caretaker of the baths." Baños (Spanish for "baths") is a city near the type locality at the foot of Volcan Tungurahua known for its geothermal springs. The name also alludes to the legend of the Virgin de las Aguas, who performs miracles near Baños. 
References
  • Doan, T. M. & Castoe, T.A. 2005. Phylogenetic taxonomy of the Cercosaurini (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae), with new genera for species of Neusticurus and Proctoporus. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 143: 405–416.
  • Doan, T.M. & Schargel, W.E. 2003. Bridging the gap in Proctoporus distribution: a new species (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae) from the Andes of Venezuela. Herpetologica 59 (1): 68-75 - get paper here
  • Kizirian, D. A. 1996. A review of Ecuadorian Proctoporus (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae) with descriptions of nine new species. Herpetological Monographs 10: 85-155 - get paper here
 
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