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Oreosaurus rhodogaster (RIVAS, SCHARGEL & MEIK, 2005)

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Higher TaxaGymnophthalmidae (Cercosaurinae), Sauria, Gymnophthalmoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymRiama rhodogaster RIVAS, SCHARGEL & MEIK 2005
Proctoporus achlyens — RIVAS & OLIVEROS 1997
Oreosaurus rhodogaster — SÁNCHEZ-PACHECO et al. 2017 
DistributionVenezuela (peninsula de Paria: Sucre)

Type locality: between Las Melenas and Cerro Humo, approx. 650 [elevation], Península de Paria, Sucre state, Venezuela.  
TypesHolotype: MHNLS 16645 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after the Greek rhodon (a rose, hence red) þ gaster (belly); in allusion to the reddish venter observed in males of this species. The species name is a noun in apposition. 
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Rivas and Oliveros 1997. Herpetofauna del Estado Sucre, Venezuela: Lista Preliminar de Reptiles. Mem. Soc. Cienc. Nat. la Salle 147: 67-80
  • Rivas, G. A., Lasso-Alcalá, O. M., Rodríguez-Olarte, D., De Freitas, M., Murphy, J. C., Pizzigalli, C., ... & Jowers, M. J. 2021. Biogeographical patterns of amphibians and reptiles in the northernmost coastal montane complex of South America. Plos one, 16(3): e0246829 - get paper here
  • RIVAS, G. A., NUNES, P. M. S., BARAN, A., JOWERS, M. J., SMITH, E. N., HERNÁNDEZ-MORALES, C., & SCHARGEL, W. E. 2021. A new species of Oreosaurus (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae) from the Turimiquire Massif, northeastern Venezuela. Zootaxa, 5023 (4): 571-584 - get paper here
  • Rivas, G.; Schargel, W.E. & Meik, J.M. 2005. A new species of Riama (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae), endemic to the Península de Paria, Venezuela. Herpetologica 61 (4): 461-468 - 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
  • Sánchez-Pacheco, S. J., Torres-Carvajal, O., Aguirre-Peñafiel, V., Sales-Nunes, P. M., Verrastro, L., Rivas, G. A., Rodrigues, M. T., Grant, T. and Murphy, R. W. 2017. Phylogeny of Riama (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae), impact of phenotypic evidence on molecular datasets, and the origin of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta endemic fauna. Cladistics, doi:10.1111/cla.12203 [print: 2018] - get paper here
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