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1 August 2017 Description of a New Species of Alopoglossus Boulenger, 1885 from Western Colombia (Gymnophthalmoidea)
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We describe and name a new species of Alopoglossus (Gymnophthalmoidea: Alopoglossidae) from western Colombia (Departamentos Cauca and Valle del Cauca: Chocó biodiversity hotspot). The new taxon is morphologically similar to Alopoglossus festae and A. viridis, from which it differs in having, among other things: strongly keeled imbricated temporal scales; strongly keeled scales on dorsum of hand; rhomboid, keeled, and heavily pigmented ventral scales. Specimens of this new taxon have been sitting in museum shelves for several decades (holotype collected over 40 years ago)—thus, we discuss the relevance of biological specimen collection and the importance of reexamination of old museum records, in search of unnamed biodiversity.

© 2017 Brazilian Society of Herpetology
Pedro L.V. Peloso and Cristian Hernández Morales "Description of a New Species of Alopoglossus Boulenger, 1885 from Western Colombia (Gymnophthalmoidea)," South American Journal of Herpetology 12(2), (1 August 2017). https://doi.org/10.2994/SAJH-D-16-00059.1
Received: 13 November 2016; Accepted: 1 April 2017; Published: 1 August 2017
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