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Anadia altaserrania HARRIS & AYALA, 1987

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Higher TaxaGymnophthalmidae (Cercosaurinae), Sauria, Gymnophthalmoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymAnadia altaserrania HARRIS & AYALA 1987 
DistributionColombia (Magdalena)

Type locality: between Duriameina (10°39' N, 73°39' W) and Mamancanaca (10°43' N, 73°39' W), Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Dept. Magdalena, Colombia, 3383-3452 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: UMMZ 85597 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. The single available specimen differs from all other Anadia in lacking prefrontal scales; the presence of oval instead of angular lower palpebral scales; few (3-4) femoral pores; snout thick, with convex dorsal profile in adult male; and a large solid dark brown spot in the center of each ventral scale. As a member of the bitaeniata species group, it further differs from A. bitaeniata and A. brevifrontalis by the absence of spinules on the side apices of all but the two most distal hemipenial flounces, the low number (five) of flounces that cross the absulcal midline, and the most proximal absulcal flounce being less than half as wide as the flounce above it. 
CommentAbundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe Spanish-based name, altaserrania, is in reference to the high montane habitat of this species. 
  • Arredondo, Juan C. 2013. A new species of gymnophthalmid lizard of the genus Anadia (Gymnophthalmidae: Cercosaurinae) from Northern Andes of Colombia. Amphibia-Reptilia 34 (2): 173-184. - get paper here
  • Carvajal-Cogollo, J.E.; L.E. Rojas-Murcia. & G. Cárdenas-Arévalo 2020. Reptiles del Caribe colombiano/ Reptiles of the Colombian Caribbean. Tunja: Editorial UPTC, 268 pp. - get paper here
  • Harris D M; Ayala S C 1987. A new Anadia (Sauria: Teiidae) from Colombia and restoration of Anadia pamplonensis Dunn to species status. Herpetologica 43 (2): 182-190 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
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