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Lepidoblepharis nukak CALDERÓN-ESPINOSA & MEDINA-RANGEL, 2016

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Higher TaxaSphaerodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common Names 
SynonymLepidoblepharis nukak CALDERÓN-ESPINOSA & MEDINA-RANGEL 2016 
DistributionColombia (Guaviare)

Type locality: Puerta de Orión, vereda La Pizarra on the way from Bogotá to San José del Guaviare (2°30'38.42"N, 72°42'24.44"W; datum Bogotá WGS 84), Guaviare department, Colombia, approximately 217 m elevation in tropical wet forest  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: ICN-MHN = ICN-R 12305. An adult male, 27.87 mm SVL, 29.76 mm TL, collected by the authors on 27th October 2012. Paratypes. Twenty adult and five juvenile specimens collected from several localities near the type locality in Guaviare department, Colombia, at approximately 216 m elevation in tropical wet forest. These individuals correspond to five males (ICN-R 12303-04, 12310, 12359, 12466), one female (ICN-R 12516), and one juvenile individual (ICN-R 12515), 27.87 mm SVL, collected on 20-27th October 2012 (12303-4), April 16th and October 3rd 2013, and March 19th 2014 in Puentes Naturales, vereda El Retiro on the way to San José del Guaviare (2°32'24.55"N, 72°42'48.95"W); four males (ICN-R 12313, 12351, 12373, 12467), eight females (ICN-R 12306, 12309, 12329, 12463-65, 12374, 12514), and one juvenile (ICN-R 12360) collected in Puerta de Orion, Vereda El Retiro, ( 2°30'48.19"N, 72°44'33.95"W) on October 9th, 10th and 27th 2012, April 14th 2013, and March 20th 2014; two juveniles (ICN-R 12311-12) from Ciudad de Piedra, Serranía La Lindosa (2°27'55.64"N, 72°42'10.96"W), collected on April 18th and October 9th 2013; one male (ICN-R 12366) and one juvenile (12307) from Playa Güío (2°34'24.70"N, 72°42'48.99"W) collected on October 9th 2012 and October 27th 2013; and one female (ICN-R 12468) from Cerro Azul (2°34'51.96"N, 72°49'51.85"W), collected on March 22–23rd 2014. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small Lepidoblepharis (adult size 27.8–29.3 mm SVL) with the following characteristics: 10–13 lamellae beneath the fourth toe; dorsal and lateral body scales granular or subconical at midpoint between levels of axilla and groin; escutcheon on belly and thighs present in adult males; snout short and rounded; mental large, convex or slightly convex (backward projected) at its posterior edge, which is also indented and followed by two to five (usually four) large anterior postmentals, 20–31 scales across snout at lst/2nd supralabial suture (Fig. 3 in CALDERÓN-ESPINOSA & MEDINA-RANGEL 2016). 
EtymologyThe name of this new taxon is given in honor of the nomadic Amazonian people Nukak. This word means: the true people or people that speak the Nukak language, and is how these people are self-denominated. 
  • CALDERÓN-ESPINOSA, MARTHA LUCIA & GUIDO FABIAN MEDINA-RANGEL 2016. A new Lepidoblepharis lizard (Squamata: Sphaerodactylidae) from the Colombian Guyana shield. . Zootaxa 4067 (2): 215–232 - get paper here
  • Medina-Rangel, Guido Fabian; Miguel Á. Méndez-Galeano &<br />Martha Lucía Calderón-Espinosa 2019. Herpetofauna of San José del Guaviare, Guaviare, Colombia Biota Colombiana 20 (1): 75-90 - 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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