Cnemidophorus arubensis LIDTH DE JEUDE, 1887
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cnemidophorus arubensis?
|Higher Taxa||Teiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Aruba Whiptail|
|Synonym||Cnemidophorus arubensis LIDTH DE JEUDE 1887|
Cnemidophorus lemniscatus arubensis — HUMMELINCK 1940: 85
Cnemidophorus arubensis — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Cnemidophorus arubensis — COLLI et al. 2003
Cnemidophorus arubensis — HARVEY et al. 2012
Type locality: Aruba
|Types||Syntypes: RMNH 710a–b, Rijksmuseum van Natuurlijke Histoire|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A species of the Cnemidophorus lemniscatus species complex distinguished from all congeners by the following combination of characters: (1) maximum SVL in males 127 mm (Lammerée, 1970; see remarks); (2) nostril anterior or, less often, slightly anterior to nasal suture; (3) rostral scale moderately pointed and somewhat projecting; (4) frontonasal hexagonal or octagonal, forming angular sutures with nasals; (5) first supraciliary usually separated from prefrontal or occasionally in contact; (6) scales of circumorbital semicircles 7–12 (total of both sides) in contact with supraoculars, usually extending to posterior portion of third or, rarely, anterior portion of fourth supraocular; (7) 47–72 (total of both sides) scales in a doubled or partially doubled row between supraoculars and supraciliaries; (8) mesoptychials moderately enlarged; (9) ventrals in eight (rarely 10) longitudinal and 30–33 transverse rows; (10) bisexual (gonochoristic); (11) brachials moderately enlarged and decreasing in size towards shoulder; (12) males with one anal spur at each side; spur usually broad and short, projecting from body; (13) usually two (rarely three) medium-sized (rarely small or large) scales between anal spurs and preanal shield; (14) subcaudals near base of tail weakly keeled; (15) vertebral and paravertebral stripes present in juveniles, females, and subadult males; (16) adult males in life mostly turquoise blue with brownish or tan flanks and 36–59 medium-size pale blue spots between axilla and inguinal region; (17) females in life brown with pale dorsal stripes and 30–48 pale blue spots on flanks; (18) juvenile color pattern similar to that of adult females but dorsal striping bolder [from UGUETO & HARVEY 2010].|
|Comment||Group: member of the lemniscatus group, see C. lemniscatus for details.|
Schall (1973) re-instated Cnemidophorus lemniscatus arubensis as a valid species. Not listed in SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1988 nor in SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991 or REEDER et al. (2002).
|Etymology||Named after the type locality.|
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