posted on Apr, 26 2013 @ 05:34 PM
How remarkable is the fact that 2 new animals were discovered at the same time in the same area. There is always something new in South America
We report the discovery of two sympatric new species of Enyalioides from a montane rainforest of the Río Huallaga basin in northeastern Peru.
Among other characters, the first new species is distinguishable from others Enyalioides by the combination of the following characters: strongly
keeled ventral scales, more than 37 longitudinal rows of dorsals in a transverse line between the dorsolateral crests at midbody, low vertebral crest
on the neck with vertebrals on neck similar in size to those between hind limbs, projecting scales on body or limbs absent, 96 mm maximum SVL in both
sexes, and caudals increasing in size posteriorly within each autotomic segment. The second new species differs from other species of Enyalioides
instrongly keeled ventral scales, scales posterior to the superciliaries forming a longitudinal row of strongly projecting scales across the lateral
edge of the skull roof in adults of both sexes, 31 or fewer longitudinal rows of strongly keeled dorsals in a transverse line between the dorsolateral
crests at midbody, vertebrals on neck more than five times the size of vertebrals between hind limbs in adult males, projecting scales on body or
limbs absent, and caudals increasing in size posteriorly within each autotomic segment. We also present an updated molecular phylogenetic tree of
hoplocercines including new samples of E. rudolfarndti, E. rubrigularis, both species described in this paper, as well as an updated identification
key for species of Hoplocercinae.
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