You are here » home advanced search search results Lepidophyma tuxtlae

Lepidophyma tuxtlae WERLER & SHANNON, 1957

IUCN Red List - Lepidophyma tuxtlae - Data Deficient, DD

Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lepidophyma tuxtlae?

Add your own observation of
Lepidophyma tuxtlae »

We have no photos, try to find some by Google images search: Google images

Higher TaxaXantusiidae (Lepidophyminae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Tuxtla Tropical Night Lizard
S: Lagartija Nocturnas de Los Tuxtlas 
SynonymLepidophyma tuxtlae WERLER & SHANNON 1957: 119
Lepidophyma flavimaculatum tuxtlae — SAVAGE 1963
Lepidophyma flavimaculatum tuxtlae — WERMUTH 1965
Lepidophyma sawini SMITH 1973: 112
Lepidophyma alvarezi SMITH 1973: 115
Lepidophyma alvarezi — LINER 1994
Lepidophyma tuxtlae — LINER 1994
Lepidophyma sawini — LINER 1994
Lepidophyma tuxtlae— BEZY & CAMARILLO 2002
Lepidophyma tuxtlae — MATA-SILVA et al. 2015 
DistributionSE Mexico (Veracruz, Oaxaca, Puebla)

alvarezi: Mexico (NW Chiapas); Type locality: 43 km on the road between Ocozocoautla and Mal Paso [=Malpaso], Chiapas, México. Elevation: 620 m.

sawini: Mexico (Oaxaca); Type locality: Vista Hermosa, Comaltepec, Ixtlán, Oaxaca, México.

Type locality: Volcán San Martín, elevation 2500 ft., Veracruz.  
TypesHolotype: INHS 67064 (= UIMNH, given as FAS 10550, private collection of Frederick A. Shannon), subadult female; paratypes: FAS, INHS
Holotype: UCM 49280 (given as CUM 49280) [sawini]
Holotype: UCM 49281 (given as CUM 49281) [alvarezi] 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS (DIAGNOSTIC CHARACTERS). The species differs from all other Lepidophyma except L. pajapanense in having the paravertebral rows composed of a nearly uninterrupted string of subequal tubercles; from L. pajapanense, L. lipetzi, and L. chicoasense in having 29 or fewer femoral pores; from all except L. mayae, L. pajapanense, L. lipetzi, and L. sylvaticum in having 30 or more large paravertebrals; and from L. radula, L. smithii, L. tarascae, L. lineri, and L. occulor in having 30 or more lateral tubercle rows nearly full-term embryos. At their study site located at 900 m on Volcán Santa Marta, Castillo-Cerón and López-González (1990) found that females gave birth to three to five young in late June and July; that activity occurred in the day; that stomach contents consisted of insects, amphipods, gastropods, and plant material; and that only 1 of 11 specimens preserved was male (from BEZY & CAMARILLO 2002). 
CommentDistribution: see map in LARA-TUFIÑO & NIETO-MONTES DE OCA 2021: 331 (Fig. 6). 
EtymologyNamed after the region of type locality and its indigenous people, the Tuxtla. L. alvarezi was named after Miguel Alvarez del Toro, collector of the type, and L. sawini was named after H. Lewis Sawin, Dean of the CU College of Arts and Sciences. 
  • 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
  • Casas-Andreu, G., F.R. Méndez-De la Cruz and X. Aguilar-Miguel. 2004. Anfibios y Reptiles; pp. 375–390, in A.J.M. García-Mendoza, J. Ordoñez and M. Briones-Salas (ed.). Biodiversidad de Oaxaca. Instituto de Biología, UNAM-Fondo Oaxaqueño para la Conservación de la Naturaleza-World Wildlife Fund, México, D. F.
  • Castillo-Cerón, J.M. & C.A.L. González 1990. Notes on the Biology and Status of a Population of Lepidophyma tuxtlae (Sauria: Xantusiidae) in the Sierra de Santa Marta, Veracruz, México Bull. Maryland Herpetol. Soc., 26(4): 153-158. - get paper here
  • García-Morales, D., R. I. Cervantes-Burgos, J. C. Sánchez-García and U. O. García-Vázquez. 2017. Lepidophyma tuxtlae Werler and Shannon, 1957. Mexico, Veracruz. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4(2): 460 - get paper here
  • Goldberg, Stephen R., Charles R. Bursey and Jeanette Arreola. 2014. Lepidophyma tuxtlae (Tuxtla tropical night lizard) endoparasites. Herpetological Review 45 (3): 503 - get paper here
  • Greene, Harry W. 1970. Reproduction in a Mexican Xantusiid Lizard, Lepidophyma tuxtlae. Journal of Herpetology 4 (1-2): 85-87 - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Savage, Jay M. 1963. Studies on the lizard family Xantusidae IV. The Genera. Contributions in Science, Los Angeles (71): 1-38 - get paper here
  • Simón-Salvador PR, Arreortúa M, Flores CA, Santiago-Dionicio H, González-Bernal E 2021. The role of Indigenous and Community Conservation Areas in herpetofauna conservation: a preliminary list for Santa Cruz Tepetotutla, Oaxaca Mexico. ZooKeys 1029: 185-208 - 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
  • 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
  • Urbina-Cardona, J. Nicolás; Mario Olivares-Pérez, Víctor Hugo Reynoso 2006. Herpetofauna diversity and microenvironment correlates across a pasture–edge–interior ecotone in tropical rainforest fragments in the Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve of Veracruz, Mexico. Biological Conservation 132: 61–75 - get paper here
  • Werler, J. E., & SHANNON, F. A. 1957. A new lizard of the genus Lepidophyma from Veracruz, México. Herpetologica 13: 119-122. - get paper here
  • Woolrich-Piña, G. A., E. García-Padilla, D. L. DeSantis, J. D. Johnson, V. Mata-Silva, and L. D. Wilson 2017. The herpetofauna of Puebla, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation status. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4(4): 791–884 - get paper here
External links  
Is it interesting? Share with others:

As link to this species use URL address:

without field 'search_param'. Field 'search_param' is used for browsing search result.

Please submit feedback about this entry to the curator