Friday, March 14, 2014

[Herpetology • 2014] Potamites erythrocularis • A new Andean lizard of the genus Potamites (Sauria, Gymnophthalmidae) from Manu National Park, southeastern Peru


Potamites erythrocularis  Chávez & Catenazzi  2014
 Photo: Alessandro Catenazzi

Abstract
We describe a new lizard of the genus Potamites from elevations of 1000–2100 m in the montane forests of the Cordillera de Paucartambo and the upper Kosñipata valley, Region of Cusco, Peru. The new species differs from other species of Potamites by having scattered keeled scales on dorsum, an undivided frontonasal and absence of femoral pores in females.
Key words: Squamata, Gymnophthalmidae, Andes, Cusco, stream, cloud forest, taxonomy

Male Potamites erythrocularis
Photo: Alessandro Catenazzi



Chávez, G. & Catenazzi, A. 2014. A new Andean lizard of the genus Potamites (Sauria, Gymnophthalmidae) from Manu National Park, southeastern Peru. Zootaxa. 3774 (1): 45-56.

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