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Higher TaxaAlopoglossidae, Sauria, Gymnophthalmoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymAlopoglossus festae PERACCA 1904: 7
Alopoglossus festae — RUIBAL 1952: 502
Alopoglossus festae — KÖHLER et al. 2012
Alopoglossus harrisi — HERNÁNDEZ-MORALES et al. 2020 (nom. nov.) 
DistributionEcuador, SW Colombia (incl. Valle del Cauca), elevation 10-770 m.

Type locality: Vinces, Ecuador  
TypesHolotype: MRSN (= MSNTO) R229 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Scales on sides of neck small, keeled, mostly granular; gular scales in four longitudinal rows, with median pair distinctly widened; dorsals lanceolate in transverse rows; scales on flanks similar to dorsals; ventrals smooth, posterior margins round [KÖHLER et al. 2012]. 
CommentDistribution: see map in KÖHLER et al. 2012.

Synonymy: With the synonymization of Ptychoglossus and Alopoglossus, Alopoglossus festae PERACCA 1904 becomes a junior homonym of Diastemalepis (= Alopoglossus) festae PERACCA 1896, hence HERNÁNDEZ-MORALES et al. 2020 proposed a replacement name, Alopoglossus harrisi, for the latter. 
EtymologyNamed in honor of Dennis Harris, for his outstanding contributions to the taxonomy of Alopoglossidae. Harris completed the only available review of the genus Ptychoglossus, and figures as an author in the descriptions of almost one third of the currently known alopoglossid species.

Alopoglossus festae was named after Dr. Enrico Festa (1868-1939), an Italian zoologist. He visited Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria (1893) and collected in Panama and Ecuador (1895-1898). He worked for Museo e Instituto di Zoologia Sistematica dell'Universita di Torino (1899-1923) as Deputy Assistant Professor (1899), retiring as Honorary Vice Director (Beolens et al. 2011: 89). 
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  • Hernández-Morales, C., Sturaro, M.J., Nunes, P.M.S., Lotzkat, S. and Peloso, P.L. 2020. A species‐level total evidence phylogeny of the microteiid lizard family Alopoglossidae (Squamata: Gymnophthalmoidea). Cladistics - get paper here
  • Köhler, Gunther; Hans-Helmut Diethert, and Milan Veselý 2012. A Contribution To the Knowledge of the Lizard Genus Alopoglossus (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae). Herpetological Monographs 26 (1): 173-188. - get paper here
  • Peloso, Pedro L.V. and Cristian Hernández Morales 2017. Description of a New Species of Alopoglossus Boulenger, 1885 from Western Colombia (Gymnophthalmoidea). South American J. Herp. 12 (2): 89-98. - get paper here
  • Peracca, M. G. 1904. Viaggio del Dr. Enrico Festa nell Ecuador e regioni vicine. Boll. Mus. Zool. Comp. Anat. Univ. Torino 19 (465): 1-41 - get paper here
  • Ruibal, R. 1952. Revisionary studies of some South American Teiidae. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 106: 475-529 (477?)-529. - get paper here
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