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Lepidophyma lineri SMITH, 1973

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Higher TaxaXantusiidae (Lepidophyminae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Liner’s Tropical Night Lizard
S: Lagartija Nocturna de Liner 
SynonymLepidophyma flavimaculatum lineri SMITH 1973: 118
Lepidophyma lineri— BEZY & CAMARILLO 2002
Lepidophyma flavimaculatum lineri — MITCHELL 2006
Lepidophyma lineri — MATA-SILVA et al. 2015 
DistributionMexico (Oaxaca)

Type locality: Cafetal Pacífico, 2.1 mi. N and 0.4 mi. E Candelaria Loxicha, Oaxaca, on the trail to Cafetal Hedweges (about 17 km. N Pochutla).’’  
TypesHolotype: UCM 48452 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS (DIAGNOSTIC CHARACTERS). The species differs from all other Lepidophyma except L. smithii and L. tarascae in lacking a pale parietal spot; from L. smithii in having 23 or more lateral tubercle rows; from L. tarascae in having 179 or more dorsals and 51 or more gulars; from L. occulor in having 53 or fewer gulars and 184 or fewer dorsals; from all except L. dontomasi, L. smithii, L. tarascae, and L. occulor in having 17 or fewer total femoral pores; and from all except L. radula, L. smithii, L. tarascae, L. flavimaculatum, L. occulor, and L. sylvaticum in having 24 or fewer lateral tubercle rows.
Lepidophyma lineri is most similar to L. smithii. Additional material is needed to clarify its variation, distribution, and geographic relationship with L. smithii, which occurs ca. 80 km to the west along road to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. (from BEZY & CAMARILLO 2002). 
CommentHas been considered as subspecies of Lepidophyma flavimaculatum previously. 
EtymologyNamed after Ernest A. Liner (1925-2010), one of the herpetologists who collected the holotype. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Bezy,R.L. & Camarillo, J.L. 2002. SYSTEMATICS OF XANTUSIID LIZARDS OF THE GENUS LEPIDOPHYMA. Contributions in Science (493): 1–41 - get paper here
  • Mata-Silva, Vicente, Jerry D. Johnson, Larry David Wilson and Elí García-Padilla. 2015. The herpetofauna of Oaxaca, Mexico: composition, physiographic distribution, and conservation status. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 (1): 6–62 - get paper here
  • Mitchell, J.C. 2006. Ernest Anthony Liner. Copeia 2006 (2): 316-320 - get paper here
  • Smith, H.M. 1973. A tentative rearrangement of the lizards of the genus Lepidophyma. Journal of Herpetology 7 (2): 109-123 - get paper here
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