Alopoglossus buckleyi ( O’Shaughnessy, 1881 )

Ribeiro-Júnior, Marco A. & Amaral, Silvana, 2017, Catalogue of distribution of lizards (Reptilia: Squamata) from the Brazilian Amazonia. IV. Alopoglossidae, Gymnophthalmidae, Zootaxa 4269 (2), pp. 151-196: 154

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Alopoglossus buckleyi ( O’Shaughnessy, 1881 )


Alopoglossus buckleyi ( O’Shaughnessy, 1881) 

Type-locality. Canelos, Ecuador.

Pertinent taxonomic references. O’Shaughnessy (1881), Boulenger (1885), Burt & Burt (1931), Ruibal (1952), Duellman (1973), Ávila-Pires (1995), Kӧhler et al. (2012), Lobos (2013), Goicoechea et al. (2016).

Distribution and habitat. Alopoglossus buckleyi  is endemic to western Amazonia  , occurring in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru ( Fig. 2View FIGURE 2). In Brazil, it is known from the states of Acre ( Bernarde et al. 2011) and Amazonas. We could not verify the autencity of the record from Acre, but the presence of A. buckleyi  in Peru near the border with the state of Acre ( Brazil) suggests a potential occurrence of this species in that state. Alopoglossus buckleyi  is terrestrial and diurnal, inhabits terra firme forests at high elevations (900–1830 m) ( Duellman 1973; Ávila-Pires 1995), but also open (semideciduous) forests with palms and bamboos at low elevations ( Bernarde et al. 2011). It is mainly found among leaf litter, in shaded or partially shaded spots ( Ávila-Pires 1995).