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Panopa carvalhoi (REBOUCAS-SPIEKER & VANZOLINI, 1990)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Mabuyinae (Mabuyini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Carvalho's Mabuya
Portuguese: Lagarto-Liso 
SynonymMabuya carvalhoi REBOUCAS-SPIEKER & VANZOLINI 1990
Mabuya carvalhoi — GREER & NUSSBAUM 2000
Mabuya carvalhoi — MAUSFELD et al. 2002
Mabuya carvalhoi — PIANKA & VITT 2003: 117
Panopa carvalhoi — HEDGES & CONN 2012: 137 
DistributionBrazil (Roraima), Venezuela [Molina, 1998].

Type locality: Ilha de Maracá, state of Roraima, Brazil  
TypesHolotype: MZUSP 66679 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS. Mabuya with fused prefrontals and frontoparietals, parietal plates incontact with each other behind the interparietal plate, three to four pairs of nuchals. Four supraciliaries, the first usually the longest. Palms and soles light coloured, but scales on these areas often with a darker margin. Body with six longitudinal dark stripes; two dorsal stripes running from supraoculars scales to the base of the tail where they fuse, two dorsolateral stripes and two lateral stripes. (Miralles et al. 2005) 
CommentMabuya carvalhoi resembles M. croizati Horton 1973, from Estado Sucre, Venezuela, in having fused frontoparietals, several pairs of broad nuchals anda light vertebral stripe. It differs from croizati in having the internasals in contact behind the rostral, fused prefrontals, 35-39 ventral scales between the level of the axillae and the anal flap (41-44 in croizati), 23- 27 scales around midbody (28-34), a shorter vertebral light stripe, not reaching the sacrum, and an unspotted belly. Regression analysis of body measurements shows M. croizati to be a stouter form. In live M. carvalhoi the posterior part of the trunk and the tail are blue. M. carvalhoi occurs in forested areas, but not inside the forest, rather in the ecotone. 
EtymologyNamed after Brasilian herpetologist Celso Morato de Carvalho, collector of the holotype. 
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