Abronia gaiophantasma CAMPBELL & FROST, 1993
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Abronia gaiophantasma?
|Higher Taxa||Anguidae (Gerrhonotinae), Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Brilliant Arboreal Alligator Lizard|
|Synonym||Abronia (Auriculabronia) gaiophantasma CAMPBELL & FROST 1993|
Abronia gaiophantasma — KÖHLER 2000
Abronia gaiophantasma — EISERMANN & ACEVEDO 2016
|Distribution||NE Guatemala (elevation: 1600-2350 m)|
Type locality: “cloud forest at 1600 m elevation on the west slope of Cerro Verde in the vicinity of La Unión Barrios, Baja Verapaz, Guatemala.” (approximately 15°11' N, 90° 12' W.)
|Types||Holotype: UTA R19646|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Campbell & Frost 1993: 20|
|Comment||Similar species: Several specimens that have been identified as A. aurita are actually A. gaiophantasma.|
|Etymology||The specific name is a noun in apposition, derived from the Greek, gaio (earth)+ phantasma (spirit or phantom), in reference to the general overall coloration of this species and its similarity in hue to the reddish brown lateritic clays of the region the species inhabits clays that are becoming increasingly evident as theforests are felled concomitant with human encroachment.|
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