Revista de Biología Tropical
versão impressa ISSN 0034-7744
MIJARES-URRUTIA, Abraham; CELSA SENARIS, J e ARENDS, Alexis. Taxonomía de algunos microtéidos (Squamata) de Venezuela: variación y distribución geográfica de Euspondylus acutirostris y descripción de un nuevo Euspondylus del nordeste de Venezuela. Rev. biol. trop [online]. 2000, vol.48, n.2-3, pp. 671-680. ISSN 0034-7744.
Only two species of the microteiid lizard genus Euspondylus (E. acutirostris and E. phelpsorum) had been reported from Venezuela. New records of the poorly known gymnophthalmid lizard Euspondylus acutirostris are reported extending its known range along the Coastal Range and Sierra de Aroa (north-central Venezuela) and Sierra de San Luis (northwestern Venezuela), all records occurring at the cloud forest above 1000 m. Seven body measurements were included and morphological variation is described based on at least 17 new specimens. Sexual dimorphism is determined in, at least, eight characteristics of size and squamation. Specimens were found in epiphytic bromeliads and the ground. The populations from Sierra de Aroa and Sierra de San Luis (only one specimen known from each locality), differ from those of the Coastal Range (supposedly the nominal population) in some morphological and coloration features, suggesting that the former two could represent different taxonomical entities. A new species of Euspondylus is described based on an female (taken within a bromeliad) from Cerro El Humo, Sucre, northeastern Venezuela. It differs from congeners mainly by having keeled scales on the limbs and a very acute snout.
Palavras-chave : Taxonomy; Squamata.