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Lepidophyma lipetzi SMITH & DEL TORO, 1977

IUCN Red List - Lepidophyma lipetzi - Endangered, EN

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Higher TaxaXantusiidae (Lepidophyminae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Lipetz's Tropical Night Lizard
S: Lagartija Nocturna del Ocote 
SynonymLepidophyma lipetzi SMITH & DEL TORO 1977
Lepidophyma lipetzi — LINER 1994
Lepidophyma lipetzi— BEZY & CAMARILLO 2002
Lepidophyma lipetzi — JOHNSON et al. 2017 
DistributionSE Mexico (Chiapas)

Type locality: Lago de Mal Paso [=Malpaso] headwaters of the rio de la Venta, 30 km N Cintalapa (straight line), Chiapas, México.  
TypesHolotype: UCM 51425 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS (DIAGNOSTIC CHARACTERS). The species differs from all other Lepidophyma except L. smithii, L. lineri, L. tuxtlae, L. chicoasense, L. flavimaculatum, L. reticulatum, L. micropholis, L. occulor, and L. sylvaticum in having 46 or more gulars; from L. micropholis and L. occulor in having 52 or fewer gulars; from all except L. mayae, L. pajapanense, L. chicoasense, L. flavimaculatum, L. reticulatum, L. micropholis, and L. sylvaticum in having 35 or more femoral pores; from all except L. gaigeae, L. smithii, L. pajapanense, L. tuxtlae, L. chicoasense, L. flavimaculatum, and L. reticulatum in having 6 or more pretympanics; from L. chicoasense in having 28 or fewer fourth toe lamellae; from L. reticulatum in having 35 or more femoral pores, 14 or fewer divided fourth toe lamellae, and 179 or fewer dorsals; and from L. flavimaculatum in having 179 or fewer dorsals (99.3% of all L. flavimaculatum, 100% of Chiapas specimens; Table 1) and a pale dorsal color pattern (from BEZY & CAMARILLO 2002).
CommentMax. SVL: 55 mm.

Abundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after Milton L. Lipetz, a University of Colorado faculty member admired by Hobart Smith. 
  • 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
  • Johnson, J. D., L. D. Wilson, V. Mata-Silva, E. García-Padilla, and D. L. DeSantis. 2017. The endemic herpetofauna of Mexico: organisms of global significance in severe peril. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4(3): 544–620
  • Johnson, Jerry D.; Vicente Mata-Silva, Elí García Padilla, and Larry David Wilson 2015. The Herpetofauna of Chiapas, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 (3): 272–329. - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Muñoz-Alonso, Luis Antonio; Jorge Nieblas-Camacho,<br />Marina Alba Chau-Cortez, Alondra Berenice González-Navarro, Jaime López-Pérez & Juan Pérez-López 2017. Diversidad de anfibios y reptiles en la Reservade la Biosfera Selva El Ocote: su vulnerabilidad ante la fragmentación y el cambio climático. In: Lorena Ruiz-Montoya et al. (eds), Vulnerabilidad social y biológica ante el cambio climático en la Re El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, pp.395-448 - get paper here
  • Smith, H. M., & ALVAREZ DEL TORO, M. 1977. A new troglodytic lizard (Reptilia: Lacertilia, Xantusiidae) from México. Journal of Herpetology 11 (1): 37-40. - get paper here
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