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Arthrosaura versteegii LIDTH DE JEUDE, 1904

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Higher TaxaGymnophthalmidae (Ecpleopodinae), Sauria, Gymnophthalmoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymArthrosaura versteegii VAN LIDTH DE JEUDE 1904
Arthrosaura reticulata versteegii — CUNHA 1961: 143
Arthrosaura versteegii — CUNHA 1967: 150
Arthrosaura versteegii — PETERS et al. 1970: 75
Arthrosaura versteegii — HOOGMOED & AVILA-PIRES 1992
Arthrosaura versteegii — MACCULLOCH & LATHROP 2001
Arthrosaura versteegii — MYERS & DONNELLY 2008 
DistributionVenezuela, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil (Amazonas)

Type locality: Cottica Mountains, French Guiana (not in Suriname as sometimes stated)  
TypesHolotype: RMNH 4469, collected in 1903 by G. M. Versteeg (Gonini Expedition) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A small microteiid lizard with cylindrical body and tail and relatively short limbs. Distance between forelimbs and hindlimbs 2.3-2.6 times as long as a forelimb. Three supraoculars, the last one followed by three or four large scales bordering the parietal laterally; six supralabials, fourth under the eye, fifth highest and largest, suture between second and third under posterior part frenocular or beyond. Low number (18-26) of temporals. Number of scales around midbody 31-38. Dorsum brown, with a light dorsolateral stripe or series of spots on the posterior part of the head, the neck and the anterior part of the body. Underside immaculate, except outermost lateral area that may show indistinct small dark spots [from Hooogmoed & Avila-Pires 1992: 470]. 
CommentSynonymy: Hoogmoed 1973 synonymized Arthrosaura versteegii with A. reticulata, but resurrected it again in Hoogmoed & Avila-Pires (1992). Reexamination of two specimens of A. versteegii reported from the Venezuela highlands show that they are A. montigena Myers and Donnelly 2008 (fide Avila-Pires et al. 2018).

Distribution: Not listed for Ecuador by TORRES-CARVAJAL 2001. Not in Colombia (Fernando Castro Herrera, pers. comm.). Not listed for Guyana by Cole et al. 2013, but listed by MACCULLOCH & LATHROP 2001 for “Venezuela through French Guiana”. Apparently there are no confirmed records from Guyana. Not in Brazil fide Hoogmoed & Avila-Pires (1992) and COSTA & BERNILS 2015. 
EtymologyNamed after the collector of the holotype, G. M. Versteeg. 
  • Avila-Pires T, Hoogmoed M, Silva M 2018. First records in Brazil for Arthrosaura versteegii van Lidth de Jeude, 1904 (Reptilia, Gymnophthalmidae), a possible species complex, and distribution extension for Arthrosaura montigena Myers & Donnelly, 2008, in Venezuela. Check List 14(4): 569-577 - get paper here
  • Avila-Pires, T.C.S. 1995. Lizards of Brazilian Amazonia (Reptilia: Squamata). Zoologische Verhandelingen 299: 1-706 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Brongersma, L. D. 1932. Notes on the species of Arthrosaura Blgr. (Teiidae). Zoologische Mededelingen 15 (1-2): 76-88 - get paper here
  • Cole, Charles J.; Carol R. Townsend, Robert P. Reynolds, Ross D. MacCulloch, and Amy Lathrop 2013. Amphibians and reptiles of Guyana, South America: illustrated keys, annotated species accounts, and a biogeographic synopsis. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 125 (4): 317-578; plates: 580-620 - get paper here
  • Cunha, O.R. da 1961. Lacertilios da Amazonia, II. Os lagartos da Amazonia brasileira, com especial referencia aos representados na colecao do Museu Goeldi. Bol. Mus. Par. E. Goeldi, Zool. 39: 1-189
  • da Cunha, O.R. 1967. Lacertilios da Amazonia. III. O genero “Arthrosaura” Boulenger, 1885 (Lacertilia, Teiidae). Atlas do Simposio sobre a Biotica Amazonica 5 (Zoologia): 141 - 170.
  • Donnelly M A. MCDIARMID R W. MYERS C W. 1992. A NEW LIZARD OF THE GENUS ARTHROSAURA TEIIDAE FROM SOUTHERN VENEZUELA. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 105 (4): 821-833. - get paper here
  • Hoogmoed M S. & DE AVILA-PIRES T C S. 1992. Studies on the species of the South American lizard genus Arthrosaura Boulenger (Reptilia: Sauria: Teiidae), with the resurrection of two species [A. versteegii, Pantodactylus tyleri]. Zoologische Mededelingen 66 (16-40): 453-484. - get paper here
  • Hoogmoed, M.S., & Lescure, J. 1975. An annotated checklist of the lizards of French Guiana, mainly based on two recent collections. Zoologische Mededelingen 49(13): 141-172. - get paper here
  • Lidth de Jeude, Th. W. van. 1904. Reptiles and batrachians from Surinam. Notes from the Leyden Museum 25: 83-94 - get paper here
  • Macculloch, R. AND AMY LATHROP 2001. A New Species of Arthrosaura (Sauria: Teiidae) from the Highlands of Guyana. Carib. J. Sci. 37 (3-4): 174-181 - get paper here
  • Myers, Charles W.;Donnelly, Maureen A. 2008. The Summit Herpetofauna Of Auyantepui, Venezuela: Report From The Robert G. Goelet American Museum-Terramar Expedition. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 308: 1-147 - get paper here
  • RIVAS, GILSON A.; CÉSAR R. MOLINA, GABRIEL N. UGUETO, TITO R. BARROS, CÉSAR L. BAR- RIO-AMORÓS & PHILIPPE J. R. KOK 2012. Reptiles of Venezuela: an updated and commented checklist. Zootaxa 3211: 1–64 - get paper here
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