Scincella kikaapoa GARCÍA-VÁZQUEZ, CANSECO-MÁRQUEZ & NIETO-MONTES DE OCA, 2010
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Scincella kikaapoa GARCÍA-VÁZQUEZ, CANSECO-MÁRQUEZ & NIETO-MONTES DE OCA 2010|
Scincella kikaapoa — LINKEM et al. 2011
Scincella kikaapoda — WILSON et al. 2013 (in error)
Scincella kikaapoa — JOHNSON et al. 2017
Type locality: Mexico, Coahuila, 4 km SE Cuatro Ciénegas, Poza El Mojarral, 26°55’11.9’’N, 100°06’53.2’’W, 739 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: MZFC 17667, adult male, 6 July 2005, A. Contreras. Paratypes.—All (n 5 14) from Mexico, Coahuila, Cuatro Cie ́negas Basin: MZFC 17668, same locality as the holotype; MZFC 17664–17666, 13 km S Cuatro Cie ́negas, Poza Azul; MZFC 2012, KU 47088–47089, 12.5 km SE Cuatro Cie ́negas, Poza Churince; INHS (= UIMNH) 43231–43236, 48328, 9.17 km SE Cuatro Cie ́negas.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Scincella kikaapoa can be distinguished from all congeners in North and Middle America by having two dark, narrow ventrolateral stripes separated from each other by a narrow ventrolateral pale line on each side (vs. dark ventrolateral stripes on each side absent in S. s. caudaequinae, S. s. silvicola, S. lateralis, and S. gemmingeri). In addition, S. kikaapoa may be distinguished from all congeners in North and Middle America, except S. lateralis, by having three or more pairs of nuchals (vs. fewer than three pairs of nuchals in the other species) and the first nuchal separated from the upper secondary temporal by the tertiary temporal row (in 100% of the specimens, = 5 15; vs. first nuchal in contact with the upper secondary temporal in $92% of the specimens in S. gemmingeri and S. silvicola; n = 81 and 102, respectively; Table 1), and from S. lateralis by having longer limbs (limbs overlapping by 1–15 scales when adpressed against body, hindlimb length/SVL ratio 0.30–0.42, x = 0.36; vs. limbs separated by 2–23 scales when adpressed against body, hindlimb length/SVL ratio 0.24–0.37, x = 0.30, in S. lateralis; Table 1) and usually more scales around midbody (28–30, x = 29.0, n = 15, in S. kikaapoa; vs. 24–29, x = 26.4, n = 28, in S. lateralis).|
|Comment||Similar species: S. lateralis.|
|Etymology||The specific name kikaapoa is an indeclinable word from the language of the Kikapue, the native people that inhabits the center of Coahuila, that means ‘‘those who walk on the land.’’|
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