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Coleodactylus elizae GONÇALVES, TORQUATO, SKUK & ARAÚJO SENA, 2012

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymColeodactylus elizae GONÇALVES, TORQUATO, SKUK & ARAÚJO SENA 2012
Coleodactylus elizae — FILHO et al. 2023 
DistributionNE Brazil (Alagoas)

Type locality: Serra da Saudinha, Municipality of Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil. 09°23’36.6”S, 35°43’30.6”W.  
Reproductionoviparous (manual imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: MUFAL 3253, adult male; collected by Ubiratan Gonçalves on December 12, 2005. Paratypes. MUFAL 3252 and MUFAL 3755, adult females; same data as the holotype 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A forest species inhabiting bromeliads. SVL 26.2 mm in males, maximum SVL of 27.4 mm. Cylindrical body, slightly depressed with short limbs and tail. Claw on the fourth toe protected by ungual sheath com- posed of four asymmetrical imbricate scales. Among these is a dorsal scale that is half as long as the others, not reaching the apex of the sheath. Phylloid dorsal scales smooth and imbricated. Ventral scales larger than dorsal scales, smooth, in 48 rows (n=3). Scales around midbody 50 (n=3). Rostral divided or nearly completely divided. Diamond-shaped mental scale with a depression in the posteromedial portion that is continuous with groove between lower edge of infralabial and gular scales. Snout narrow with a ratio of mental width to head length of 0.28. Four postmentals. First infralabial long, with a ratio of mental width to length of 0.29. 
EtymologyThe species is named after Eliza Maria Xavier Freire, a researcher who has contributed significantly to the knowledge of the herpetofauna of northeastern Brazil. 
  • CORREIA, LARISSA LIMA; TONY GAMBLE, MELISSA FONTES LANDELL, TAMÍ MOTT 2016. Indels ascertain the phylogenetic position of Coleodactylus elizae Gonçalves, Torquato, Skuk & Sena, 2012 (Gekkota: Sphaerodactylidae). Zootaxa 4084 (1): - get paper here
  • Dubeux, M. J. M., Araújo Neto, J. V. D., Triburcio, I. C. S., Lisboa, B. S., Torquato, S., Freitas, M. A. D., ... & Mott, T. 2022. A “hotspot” within a hotspot: the reptiles of the Estação Ecológica and Área de Proteção Ambiental de Murici, Atlantic Forest of northeastern Brazil. Biota Neotropica, 22: 1-14 - get paper here
  • Filho, G.A.P. et al. 2023. Composition, Species Richness, and Conservation of the Reptiles of the Highly Threatened Northern Brazilian Atlantic Forest. In: Pereira Filho, G.A., França, F.G.R., Alves, R.R.N., Vasconcellos, A. (eds) Animal Biodiversity and Conservation in Brazil's Northern Atlantic Forest. Springer, Cham - get paper here
  • Gonçalves, UBIRATAN; SELMA TORQUATO, GABRIEL SKUK & GEORGE DE ARAÚJO SENA 2012. A new species of Coleodactylus Parker, 1926 (Squamata: Sphaerodactylidae) from the Atlantic Forest of northeast Brazil. Zootaxa 3204: 20–30 - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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