A new species of Enyalioides (Iguanidae: Hoplocercinae) from southwestern Ecuador

Omar Torres-Carvajal, Ana Almendáriz, Jorge Valencia, Mario Yánez-Muñoz, Juan P. Reyes
2008 Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia  
We describe a new species of Enyalioides from lowland cloud forests in southwestern Ecuador. This represents the third species in the genus known to occur west of the Andes in South America; the other two species are E. heterolepis and E. oshaughnessyi. Among other characters, the new species can be distinguished from other members in the genus by having small, keeled, paravertebrals; a series of skin folds on the lateral aspects of body and neck; size-homogeneous scales on body and limbs;
more » ... ody and limbs; distinct caudal segments; and an extensive dark patch on the gular region of adult males. Morphological similarity suggests that the new species, which we call E. touzeti, is closely related to E. oshaughnessyi.
doi:10.1590/s0031-10492008002000001 fatcat:uc7hsjxi4rhzngqb6iy4notsza