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Riama meleagris (BOULENGER, 1885)

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Higher TaxaGymnophthalmidae (Cercosaurinae), Sauria, Gymnophthalmoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Brown Lightbulb Lizard 
SynonymProctoporus meleagris BOULENGER 1885: 415
Proctoporus meleagris — PETERS & DONOSO-BARROS 1970: 239
Proctoporus meleagris — DOAN & SCHARGEL 2003
Riama meleagris — DOAN & CASTOE 2005 
DistributionEcuador (higher western slopes of Andes), Colombia [Castro,F. (pers. comm.)], elevation 1800–3150 m

Type locality: Western Ecuador  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.31.33 
EtymologyThe specific epithet, meleagris, a noun in the nominative singular case, is Greek for "guinea fowl, "and probably refers to the speckled color pattern characteristic of this species. 
  • AGUIRRE-PEÑAFIEL, VANESSA; OMAR TORRES-CARVAJAL, PEDRO M. SALES-NUNES, MIKA R. PECK & SIMON T. MADDOCK 2014. A new species of Riama Gray, 1858 (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae) from the Tropical Andes. Zootaxa 3866 (2): 246–260 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Vol. 2, Second edition. London, xiii+497 pp. - get paper here
  • Doan, T. M. & Castoe, T.A. 2005. Phylogenetic taxonomy of the Cercosaurini (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae), with new genera for species of Neusticurus and Proctoporus. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 143: 405–416. - get paper here
  • Doan, T.M. 2003. A south-to-north biogeographic hypothesis for Andean speciation: evidence from the lizard genus Proctoporus (Reptilia, Gymnophthalmidae). Journal of Biogeography 30: 361–374 - get paper here
  • Doan, T.M. & Schargel, W.E. 2003. Bridging the gap in Proctoporus distribution: a new species (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae) from the Andes of Venezuela. Herpetologica 59 (1): 68-75 - get paper here
  • Kizirian, D. A. 1996. A review of Ecuadorian Proctoporus (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae) with descriptions of nine new species. Herpetological Monographs 10: 85-155 - get paper here
  • Sánchez-Pacheco, Santiago J.; David A. Kizirian, and Pedro M. Sales-Nunes 2011. A New Species of Riama from Ecuador Previously Referred to as Riama hyposticta (Boulenger, 1902) (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae). American Museum Novitates (3719): 1-15 - get paper here
  • Torres-Carvajal O, Pazmiño-Otamendi G, Salazar-Valenzuela D. 2019. Reptiles of Ecuador: a resource-rich portal, with a dynamic checklist and photographic guides. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 13 (1): [General Section]: 209–229 (e178) - get paper here
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