Leposoma puk RODRIGUES, DIXO, PAVAN & VERDADE, 2002
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|Higher Taxa||Gymnophthalmidae (Ecpleopodinae), Sauria, Gymnophthalmoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Leposoma puk RODRIGUES, DIXO, PAVAN & VERDADE 2002|
Leposoma puk — RODRIGUES & AVILA-PIRES 2005
Leposoma puk — DAMASCENO et al. 2020
Type locality: Una: state of Bahia: Brazil (15°10’S, 39°03’W).
|Types||Holotype: MZUSP 87.959, an adult male, collected by Marianna Dixo on 25 February 2000; field number MD 2592.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A Leposoma of the scincoides group characterized by a single |
frontonasal, elongate dorsal and lanceolate ventral scales arranged in diagonal
rows and having: 1) weakly striated to smooth scales on top of head; 2) interpa-
rietal longer than wide, with almost straight lateral margins; 3) parietals longer
than wide; 4) 17-18 pores; 4) third supraocular the largest one, wider than long
and clearly rectangular in shape; 5) a suture between frontal and frontoparietal
scales that coincides with the middle of the third supraocular, and, 6) a black
pigmentation in the venter or along venter margins in males.
|Etymology||puk derives from the vocabulary of the now extinct Botocudo indians who formerly lived in the Atlantic forests of State of Bahia, Brazil. It means “the one who cries”, and here is intended to reflect the loss of the Botocudo culture, as well as the highly threatened and dwindling present condition of the Atlantic Rainforests, the remaining habitat of these little forest lizards.|
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