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Published: 2017-11-17

A new species of arboreal microteiid lizard of the genus Euspondylus (Gymnophtalmidae: Cercosaurinae) from the Andean slopes of central Peru with comments on Peruvian Euspondylus

Centro de Ornitología y Biodiversidad (CORBIDI). Calle Santa Rita 105 Of. 202, Urbanizacion Los Huertos de Villa, Lima, Peru.
Centro de Ornitología y Biodiversidad (CORBIDI). Calle Santa Rita 105 Of. 202, Urbanizacion Los Huertos de Villa, Lima, Peru. Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, USA
Centro de Ornitología y Biodiversidad (CORBIDI). Calle Santa Rita 105 Of. 202, Urbanizacion Los Huertos de Villa, Lima, Peru.
Reptilia Andes new species gymnophtalmid lizard Cercosaurini Squamata taxonomy


We describe a new species of arboreal gymnophtalmid lizard from the eastern Andean slopes in central Peru. Euspondylus excelsum sp. nov. is assigned tentatively to this genus for the presence of a transparent and divided lower palpebral disc, a pair of prefrontals, striated, subimbricated and homogeneous dorsal scales, lateral scales reduced in proximity to ventrals, and a discontinuous series of femoral pores in males and females. We include a revision of the type material of E. maculatus and clarify morphological differences with the new species. Finally, we discuss the taxonomic status of Peruvian species of Euspondylus.



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