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Lepidophyma pajapanensis WERLER, 1957

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Higher TaxaXantusiidae (Lepidophyminae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Pajapan Tropical Night Lizard
S: Lagartija Nocturna de Pajapán. 
SynonymLepidophyma pajapanensis WERLER 1957
Lepidophyma pajapanensis — SAVAGE 1963
Lepidophyma pajapanensis — LINER 1994
Lepidophyma pajapanensis— BEZY & CAMARILLO 2002
Lepidophyma pajapanense — GARCÍA-VÁZQUEZ et al. 2010
Lepidophyma pajapanense — TORRES-HERNÁNDEZ et al. 2021 
DistributionMexico (Veracruz, Oaxaca)

Type locality: Southeast side of Volcán San Martin Pajápan (elevation: 3500 feet), Veracruz  
TypesHolotype: FMNH 78382 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS (DIAGNOSTIC CHARACTERS). The species differs from all other Lepidophyma except L. tuxtlae in having the paravertebral rows composed of a nearly uninterrupted string of subequal tubercles; from L. tuxtlae, L. dontomasi, L. gaigeae, L. radula, L. tarascae, L. lineri, and L. occulor in having 30 or more femoral pores; from all except L. mayae, L. tuxtlae, and L. sylvaticum in having 39 or more large paravertebral tubercles; and from L. dontomasi, L. lowei, L. radula, L. tarascae, L. lineri, L. mayae, L. micropholis, L. occulor, and L. sylvaticum in having 6 or more pretympanics. 
CommentDistribution: see map in LARA-TUFIÑO & NIETO-MONTES DE OCA 2021: 331 (Fig. 6). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
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  • Aguilar-López JL, Luría-Manzano R, Pineda E, Canseco-Márquez L 2021. Selva Zoque, Mexico: an important Mesoamerican tropical region for reptile species diversity and conservation. ZooKeys 1054: 127-153 - get paper here
  • Bezy, R. 2024. Photos of Type Specimens of Lepidophyma (Reptilia: Squamata: Xantusiidae) ResearchGate - 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
  • Canseco-Márquez, Luis, and Cynthia Grisell Ramírez-Gonzalez. 2015. New herpetofaunal records for the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2(3): 363–367 - get paper here
  • GARCÍA-VÁZQUEZ, URI OMAR; LUIS CANSECO-MÁRQUEZ & JOSÉ LUIS AGUILAR-LÓPEZ 2010. A new species of night lizard of the genus Lepidophyma (Squamata: Xantusiidae) from southern Puebla, México. Zootaxa 2657: 47–54 - get paper here
  • Lara-Tufiño, José Daniel & Adrián Nieto-Montes de Oca 2021. A New Species of Night Lizard of the Genus Lepidophyma (Xantusiidae) from Southern Mexico. Herpetologica Dec 2021 Vol. 77, No. 4: 320-334 - 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
  • Méndez-de la Cruz, F.R., M. Villagrán-Santa Cruz, O. Hernández-Gallegos, N.L. Manríquez-Morán & F.J. Rodríguez-Romero 1999. Reproductive Cycle of the Tropical Night Lizard Lepidophyma pajapanensis from Veracruz, México Journal of Herpetology 33 (2): 336-339. - get paper here
  • Savage, J. M. 1963. 'Studies on the Lizard Family Xantusiidae IV. The Genera. Contributions in Science, Los Angeles County Museum (71): 1 - 38 - get paper here
  • Torres-Hernández, LA, Ramírez-Bautista A, Cruz-Elizalde R, Hernández-Salinas U, Berriozabal-Islas C, DeSantis DL, Johnson JD, Rocha A, García-Padilla E, Mata-Silva V, Fucsko LA, and Wilson LD. 2021. The herpetofauna of Veracruz, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation status. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 15(2) [General Section]: 72–155 - get paper here
  • Werler, J. E. 1957. A new lizard of the genus Lepidophyma from Volcan San Martin Pajapan, Venezuela. Herpetologica 13: 223-226 - get paper here
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