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Marisora falconensis (MIJARES-URRUTIA & ARENDS, 1997)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymMabuya falconensis MIJARES-URRUTIA & ARENDS 1997
Mabuya falconensis — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Mabuya falconensis — MIRALLES et al. 2005
Marisora falconensis — HEDGES & CONN 2012: 119
Marisora falconensis — MCCRANIE et al. 2020 
DistributionNW Venezuela (Falcón, Carabobo, Falcón, Miranda and Yaracuy: semiarid coastal region), Colombia (Guajira)

Type locality: Cerro Santa Ana (lado Sur), Península de Paraguaná, Estado Falcón, Venezuela (elevation 200 m).  
TypesHolotype: EBRG 1727 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS: Mabuya with paired prefrontals and frontoparietals, parietal plates in contact with each other behind theinterparietal plate, a single pair of nuchals. Four supraciliaries, the second longest. Palms and soles light coloured.One ach sidea wide,dark lateral ill-defined band.Dorsolateral light stripes absent. (Miralles et al. 2005) 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Acuña-Vargas, J. C. 2016. Anfibios y Reptiles asociados a cinco coberturas de la tierra, municipio de Dibulla, La Guajira, Colombia. Acta Zoológica Mexicana (n. s.), 32(2): 133-146 - get paper here
  • Blanco-Torres, Argelina; Lina Báez S., Edgar Patiño-Flores, Juan M. Renjifo-R. 2013. Herpetofauna from the middle valley of the Ranchería river, La Guajira, Colombia. Rev. Biodivers. Neotrop. 3 (2): 113-22
  • Mausfeld, Patrick; Andreas SCHMITZ; Wolfgang BÖHME; Bernhard MISOF; Davor VRCIBRADIC; Carlos Frederico Duarte ROCHA 2002. Phylogenetic Affinities of Mabuya atlantica Schmidt, 1945, Endemic to the Atlantic Ocean Archipelago of Fernando de Noronha (Brazil): Necessity of Partitioning the Genus Mabuya Fitzinger, 1826 (Scincidae: Lygosominae). Zool. Anz. 241: 281–293 - get paper here
  • MCCRANIE, JAMES R.; AMY J. MATTHEWS, S. BLAIR HEDGES 2020. A morphological and molecular revision of lizards of the genus Marisora Hedges & Conn (Squamata: Mabuyidae) from Central America and Mexico, with descriptions of four new species. Zootaxa 4763 (3): 301–353 - get paper here
  • Mijares-Urrutia A. Arends R A. 1997. A new Mabuya (Squamata: Scincidae) from the semiarid coast of northwestern Venezuela [in Spanish]. REVISTA BRASILEIRA DE BIOLOGIA 57 (4): 595-601.
  • Miralles, A.; Rivas Fuenmayor, G. & Barrio-Amoros, C.L. 2005. Taxonomy of the genus Mabuya (Reptilia, Squamata, Scincidae) inVenezuela. Zoosystema 27 (4): 825-837
  • Miralles, Aurélien 2006. A new species of Mabuya (Reptilia, Squamata, Scincidae) from the Caribbean Island of San Andrés, with a new interpretation of nuchal scales: a character of taxonomic importance. The Herpetological Journal 16 (1):1-7. - get paper here
  • Miralles, Aurélien; Gilson A. Rivas & Walter E. Schargel 2005. A new species of Mabuya (Squamata, Scincidae) from the Venezuelan Andes. Zootaxa 895: 1–11 - get paper here
  • MIRALLES, AURÉLIEN; GILSON RIVAS FUENMAYOR, CÉLINE BONILLO, WALTER E. SCHARGEL, TITO BARROS, JUAN E. GARCÍA-PEREZ, CÉSAR L. BARRIO-AMORÓS 2009. Molecular systematics of Caribbean skinks of the genus Mabuya (Reptilia, Scincidae), with descriptions of two new species from Venezuela. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 156 (3): 598-616 - get paper here
  • RIVAS, GILSON A.; CÉSAR R. MOLINA, GABRIEL N. UGUETO, TITO R. BARROS, CÉSAR L. BAR- RIO-AMORÓS & PHILIPPE J. R. KOK 2012. Reptiles of Venezuela: an updated and commented checklist. Zootaxa 3211: 1–64 - get paper here
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