Xantusia jaycolei BEZY, BEZY & BOLLES, 2008
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Xantusia jaycolei?
|Higher Taxa||Xantusiidae (Xantusiinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Xantusia jaycolei BEZY, BEZY & BOLLES 2008|
Xantusia jaycolei — JOHNSON et al. 2017
Type locality: near Desemboque del Rio San Ignacio, Sonora, Mexico, 29.504537° N, 112.393438°W, approximately 10 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: UAZ 28934|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Xantusia jaycolei differs from all other species of the genus except X. henshawi, X. gracilis, X. arizonae, and X. bezyi in that the females lack well-developed femoral pores (pores absent or marked by shallow depressions vs. a conspicuous glandular pore; Fig. 4). It differs from X. riversiana, X. henshawi, X. gracilis, and X. bolsonae in having fewer longitudinal rows of ventral scales at midbody (12 vs. 14–16); from X. arizonae, X. bezyi, and X. sierrae in having fewer dorsal scales around midbody (36–39 vs. 40–49); from X. sanchezi in having more scales around the second caudal whorl (32–36 vs. 25–28); and from X. gilberti in having small scales bordering the labium behind the fifth infralabial (from BEZY et al. 2008).|
|Etymology||The specific name is a noun in the genitive singular case. The species is named for a friend and colleague of the authors, Charles J. (Jay) Cole (Curator Emeritus, American Museum of Natural History) in recognition of his contributions to squamate sytematics and his participation in research on xantusiids in the field and laboratory.|
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