Cercosaura phelpsorum (LANCINI, 1968)
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|Higher Taxa||Gymnophthalmidae (Cercosaurinae), Sauria, Gymnophthalmoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Euspondylus phelpsi LANCINI 1968|
Euspondylus phelpsorum — MYERS & CONNELLY 1996: 30
Euspondylus goeleti MYERS & DONNELLY 1996
Prionodactylus phelpsorum — GORZULA & SEÑARIS 1999
Prionodactylus phelpsorum — MIJARES-URRUTIA 2001
Prionodactylus goeleti — MYERS & DONNELLY 2001
Cercosaura phelpsorum — DOAN 2003
Cercosaura goeleti — PYRON & BURBRINK 2013
Type locality: Venezuela, Bolivar, Cerro de Kaua, Alto Caura; Cerro Jaua (fide RIVAS et al. 2012, corrected to Cerro Sarisariñama by Steyermark & Brewer-Carías 1976)
goeleti: Venezuela (Amazonas); Type locality: summit of Cerro Yaví, 2150 m elevation, Amazonas, Venezuela.
Elevation: 1800–2150 m (DOAN & LAMAR 2012).
|Types||Holotype: lost (fide Mijares-Urrutia 2001, cited in Rivas et al. 2012)|
Holotype: EBRG 3112 [goeleti]
|Comment||Synonymy: C. goeleti is closely related to E. phelpsi but differs from it by having a pale vertebral stripe distinctly broadening posteriorly (vs maintaining the same width), greenish white ventral colouration (vs slate gray with black speckling), and distinctly keeled dorsal scales (vs weakly keeled). Gorzula and Señaris (1999) proposed to synonymise P. goeleti with P. phelpsorum based on (1) the fact that all the scale counts given by Lancini fall within the variation given by Myers and Donnelly (1996), (2) the subjectivity of the difference between the weakly keeled scales of P. phelpsorum and the distinctly keeled scales of P. goeleti, and (3) the likely misinterpretation of the ventral colouration and shape of the middorsal stripe. Doan (2003) considered C. goeleti a junior synonym of C. phelpsorum. RIVAS et al. 2012 confirm this synonymization.|
|Etymology||Etymology (goeleti): Named after Mr. Robert G. Goelet, “who believes in the importance of natural history collections and expeditionary work”. Listed as synonym of P. phelpsorum by DOAN 2003 (who was not able to examine any specimens).|
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