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Morunasaurus peruvianus KÖHLER, 2003

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Higher TaxaHoplocercidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Cenepa manticores
S: mantícoras del Cenepa 
SynonymMorunasaurus peruvianus KÖHLER 2003
Morunasaurus peruvianus — TORRES-CARVAJAL et al. 2011 
DistributionN Peru (Río Cenepa region), elevation between 200–300 m

Type locality: vicinity of Kumpin entse, on Río Najem (tributary of the Río Huampami, which is a tributary of the Río Cenapa), Dep. Amazonas, Peru.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 316725 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. This species can be distinguished from Morunasaurus groi by having a discontinuous row of enlarged vertebral scales (row absent in M. groi), and caudal whorls of spiny scales separated by two (ventrally) and three (dorsally) transverse rows of scales (three and four in M. groi, respectively). M. peruvianus differs from M. annu- laris (character states in parentheses) in having 3–4 femoral pores on each leg (usually two); five postrostrals (four); four postmentals (two), a larger body size (maximum SVL 153 mm versus 137 mm in males, 121 mm ver- sus 118 mm in females); and dark streaks on throat in females (streaks absent) [from TORRES-CARVAJAL et al. 2011]. 
CommentThe abstract says “Cenepa”, the type information “ says “Cenapa”. 
EtymologyNamed after its distribution in Peru. 
  • Köhler, G. 2003. A new species of Morunasaurus from Peru (Reptilia, Squamata, Hoplocercidae). Senckenbergiana Biologica 82 (1/2): 235-242
  • Torres-Carvajal, Omar; RICHARD ETHERIDGE & KEVIN DE QUEIROZ 2011. A systematic revision of Neotropical lizards in the clade Hoplocercinae (Squamata: Iguania). Zootaxa 2752: 1–44 - get paper here
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