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Lepidophyma ramirezi LARA-TUFIÑO & NIETO-MONTES DE OCA, 2021

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Higher TaxaXantusiidae (Lepidophyminae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymLepidophyma ramirezi LARA-TUFIÑO & NIETO-MONTES DE OCA 2021
Lepidophyma flavimaculatum DUMÉRIL in DUMÉRIL & DUMÉRIL 1851:138, part.
Lepidophyma flavimaculatum — DUMÉRIL 1852: Plate 17, part.
Lepidophyma flavimaculatum — BEZY & CAMARILLO-RANGEL 2002, part.
Lepidophyma flavimaculatum — NOONAN et al. 2013, part. 
DistributionMexico (Chiapas)

Type locality: General Cárdenas, municipality of Cintalapa, Chiapas, Mexico (16.906478N, –93.718398W; datum = WGS84  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. MZFC-HE 35657, Adult male, (Field no. UOGV 3344) (WGS84 for all coordinates),, collected in a rock crevice within a fragment of tropical evergreen forest by R. Herna ́ ndez-Austria, U. Garc ́ıa- Vázquez, L.M. Badillo-Saldan ̃a, A.E. Valdenegro-Brito, and J.D. Lara-Tufin ̃o on 10 October 2018.
Paratypes. Eleven specimens; 10 from Chiapas and 1 from Tabasco, Mexico. Chiapas: 3 specimens (MZFC-HE 35654, 35655, and 35656) from the same locality as the holotype; 2 (MZFC-HE 35652 and 35653) from El Aguacero, municipality of Ocozocoautla (16.7594338N, –93.5264658W), 595-m elevation; 3 (MZFC-HE 35658, 35659, and 35661) from the edges of the Chicoase ́n Dam, El Para ́ıso, municipality of Osumacinta (16.9146488N, –93.0648278W), 655-m elevation; 1 (ENEPI 3793) from the headwaters of R ́ıo La Venta, municipality of Tecpata ́n (17.0491078N, –93.8055058W), 282-m elevation; and 1 (MZFC-HE 35660) from Subteniente Pedro Sánchez, municipality of Jiquipilas (16.7158318N, –93.5467488W), 605-m elevation. Tabasco: 1 specimen (MZFC-HE 30407) from Cerro Las Flores, road to Ejido Francisco J. Mu ́jica, 5.70 road km WSW of Mex-145 intersection, municipality of Huimanguillo (17.3289468N, –93.6287878W), 680-m eleva- tion. 
Diagnosis 
CommentDistribution: see map in LARA-TUFIÑO & NIETO-MONTES DE OCA 2021: 331 (Fig. 6). 
EtymologyNamed after Mexican herpetologist Aurelio Ramirez-Bautista, in recognition of his significant contributions to the knowledge on the biology of the Mexican herpetofauna. 
References
  • 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
 
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