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A New Lizard of the Genus Diploglossus (Anguidae: Diploglossinae) from Mexico, with a Review of the Mexican and Northern Central American Species

Jonathan A. Campbell and José L. Camarillo R.
Herpetologica
Vol. 50, No. 2 (Jun., 1994), pp. 193-209
Published by: Allen Press on behalf of the Herpetologists' League
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3893025
Page Count: 17
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A New Lizard of the Genus Diploglossus (Anguidae: Diploglossinae) from Mexico, with a Review of the Mexican and Northern Central American Species
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Abstract

The northernmost member of the genus Diploglossus is described from the Sierra Madre Oriental in Puebla, Mexico. This new terrestrial species is relatively large (up to 113 mm snout-vent length) compared to other species inhabiting Mexico and northern Central America, with only the arboreal D. atitlanensis attaining a similar snout-vent length. The new Pueblan species differs from its northern mainland congeners in a number of features, including having a distinctive bright red ventrolateral band extending between axilla and groin. We review the northern mainland species of Diploglossus and provide annotated synonymies, diagnoses, and a discussion of the distribution and habits of each species occurring from Mexico to Nicaragua. Diploglossus atitlanensis is resurrected from the synonymy of D. bivittatus. /// Se describe al miembro más norteño del género Diploglossus de la Sierra Madre Oriental en Puebla, México. Esta nueva especie es terrestre y relativamente grande (hasta 113 mm SVL) comparada con las otras especies que habitan México y el norte de Centro América, solamente la especie arbórea D. atitlanensis adquiere un tamaño similar. La nueva especie Poblana difiere de sus parientes norteños continentales por una serie de características, entre ellas se encuentra el poseer una banda ventrolateral distintiva de color rojo brillante entre la axila y la ingle. Se revisa las especies norteñas continentales del género Diploglossus y se provee una lista de sinonimias, diagnósticos, y una discusión de la distribución y hábitos de cada especie que ocurre de México a Nicaragua. Diploglossus atitlanensis se resucita de la sinonimia de D. bivittatus.

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