Gymnophthalmus cryptus HOOGMOED, COLE & AYARZAGUENA, 1992
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Gymnophthalmus cryptus?
|Higher Taxa||Gymnophthalmidae (Gymnophthalminae), Gymnophthalmini, Sauria, Gymnophthalmoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Cryptic Spectacled Tegu|
|Synonym||Gymnophthalmus cryptus HOOGMOED, COLE & AYARZAGUENA 1992|
Gymnophthalmus cryptus — GORZULA & SEÑARIS 1999
|Distribution||Venezuela (Territorio Federal Amazonas)|
Type locality: Venezuela: Territorio Federal Amazonas, Departamento Atabapo, Canaripo, riverine forest 1.5 km SE of camp, 91 m elevation. This locality is along the Rio Ventuari, approximately 33 km ENE (upriver) from Santa Barbara, which is on the Rio Orinoco W (downriver) of the confluence with the Rio Ventuari.
|Types||Syntypes: RMNH 22166 (field number 2249; one of 10 specimens), adult female, 30.V.1978,11:45 - 12:30 hrs, leg. M.S. Hoogmoed and J. Cerda. Paratypes.— RMNH 22155-22165, 5 females, 6 males, Canaripo, 29.V.1978, 15:00 - 16:00 hrs,leg. M.S. Hoogmoed. RMNH 22167-22175, 6 males, 3 females, same data as the holotype. RMNH 22176-22188, 7 males, 6 females, Canaripo, E of camp, 31.V.1978,11:00 -14:00 hrs, leg. M.S. Hoogmoed and J. Cerda.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: This species differs from all other known species of Gymnophthalmus by the following combination of characters: colour of unregenerated tail in life blue; dorsal body brown with pale yellow dorsolateral stripe either fading near midbody or continuing to waist; sides very dark brown or black; dorsal scales of body and base of unregenerated tail all smooth; frontal usually separated from internasals by median contact of prefrontals (79.4% of specimens); one supraocular on each side; usually eight supralabials on each side, five to the posterior edge of the eye; usually four infralabials on each side counted to the posterior edge of the eye; two pairs of enlarged chinshields; 8 to 10 gulars; ventrals in males 20 to 22, in females 21 to 24; dorsals in males 30 to 32, in females 32 to 34; usually 15 scales around midbody (five of which are dorsals, four of which are ventrals, and three on each side); and four or fewer very inconspicuous femoral pores on each side in adult males (pores absent in females) (from HOOGMOED et al. 1992).|
|Etymology||The Latin adjective cryptus is derived from the Greek kryptos, which means secret or hidden.|