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12 December 2018 A New Species of Pholidobolus (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae) from the Paramo Ecosystem in the Northern Andes of Colombia
Juan P. Hurtado-Gómez, Juan C. Arredondo, Pedro M. Sales Nunes, Juan M. Daza
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Abstract

On the basis of morphological and molecular evidence, we describe a new species of lizard of the genus Pholidobolus, previously conflated with P. vertebralis, from a paramo ecosystem in the northern Cordillera Central of Colombia. Our results support the recognition of the new species and suggest it is not closely related to P. vertebralis. Morphologically, the new species is distinguished from its congeners by coloration pattern, scutelation and hemipenial morphology. In light of the new evidence, we discuss the validity of available names, putative synapomorphies and the biogeography of the genus Pholidobolus in its northern distribution.

© 2018 Brazilian Society of Herpetology
Juan P. Hurtado-Gómez, Juan C. Arredondo, Pedro M. Sales Nunes, and Juan M. Daza "A New Species of Pholidobolus (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae) from the Paramo Ecosystem in the Northern Andes of Colombia," South American Journal of Herpetology 13(3), 271-286, (12 December 2018). https://doi.org/10.2994/SAJH-D-15-00014.1
Received: 4 June 2015; Accepted: 5 April 2018; Published: 12 December 2018
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