Enyalioides rubrigularis, Torres-Carvajal & de Queiroz & Etheridge, 2009

Torres-Carvajal, Omar, de Queiroz, Kevin & Etheridge, Richard, 2009, A new species of iguanid lizard (Hoplocercinae, Enyalioides) from southern Ecuador with a key to eastern Ecuadorian Enyalioides, ZooKeys 27 (27), pp. 59-71 : 61-68

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Enyalioides rubrigularis

sp. nov.

Enyalioides rubrigularis sp. n.


Holotype. QCAZ 8483 View Materials (Fig. 1), an adult male from finca de Mesías San Martín (3°51'23"S, 78°51'53"W, 1154m), near Piuntza , Provincia Zamora Chinchipe, Ecuador, collected on 23 June 2008 by O. Torres-Carvajal, E. Arbeláez, A. Carvajal- Campos, and D. Salazar. GoogleMaps

Paratypes. ECUADOR: Provincia Zamora Chinchipe: QCAZ 8484 View Materials , same collection data as the holotype GoogleMaps ; QCAZ 8454 View Materials , 8456–58 View Materials , 8460 View Materials , 8481–82 View Materials , near Piuntza (3°51'25"S, 78°51'56"W, 1258m), collected between 20–23 June 2008 by same collectors as for the holotype GoogleMaps ; QCAZ 8459 View Materials , 8486 View Materials , near Piuntza (3°51'26"S, 78°51'40"W, 1192m), collected between 22–24 June 2008 by same collectors as for the holotype GoogleMaps ; QCAZ 8485 View Materials , near Piuntza (3°51'26"S, 78°51'43"W, 1170m), collected on 24 June 2008 by same collectors as for the holotype GoogleMaps ; QCAZ 9089 View Materials , Alto Miazi, upper Río Nangaritza, Cordillera del Cóndor (4°14'46"S, 78°36'59"W, 1318 m), collected on 12 April 2009 by S. Aldás, J.M. Guayasamin, Holger GoogleMaps ; EPN 11356, Los Encuentros, Bosque Protector el Zarza (3°50'2"S, 78°31'23"W, 1460 m), collected on 7 November 2008 by A. Almendáriz, M. Salazar, M. Angamarca GoogleMaps ; EPN 12432–33 View Materials , Los Encuentros, Concesión Cuy (3°48'28"S, 78°36'21"W, 1450 m), collected on 27 March 2008 by A. Almendáriz, P. Vivanco, C. Sarango GoogleMaps .

Diagnosis. The new species differs from all other species of Enyalioides , except for E. praestabilis , in having distinct caudal whorls, smooth or feebly keeled ventrals, fewer than 32 longitudinal rows of dorsals in a transverse line between dorsolateral crests at midbody, and in lacking projecting dorsal and limb scales. Males of the new species can be distinguished from E. praestabilis by having larger scales on the ventral surface of the thighs ( Fig. 2 View Figure 2 ), and by having gulars with black margins ( Fig. 3 View Figure 3 ). The skin between gulars is black in some male specimens of E. praestabilis , but gulars lack black margins. In addition, gular scales in males of the new species vary between bright orange and red, and there is no black mark on the gular region posteromedially; males of E. praestabilis have cream or yellow gular scales, and some specimens have a black patch covering the gular fold and posteromedial portion of the gular region ( Fig. 3 View Figure 3 ). The new species usually has two femoral pores, whereas E. praestabilis has normally one

Figure |. Holotype of Enyalioides rubrigularis sp. n. (QCAZ 8483, adult male, SVL = 123 mm). Top: lateral view; middle: close-up of head; bottom: ventral view. Photographs by O. Torres-Carvajal.

femoral pore; otherwise, both species are very similar in scale counts and morphometric characters (Table 1).

Description of holotype. Male (Fig. 1); SVL = 123 mm; TL = 180 mm; maximum head width = 25.96 mm; head length = 32.37 mm; head height = 23.73 mm; dorsal head scales keeled or multicarinate, those on parietal region strongly projected dorsally; scales immediately posterior to supraciliares conical and dorsally projected, forming longitudinal row of seven (left) or six (right) scales that extends posteriorly over supratemporal region; temporal scales small, smooth or keeled, juxtaposed; two large, projected conical temporal scales aligned anterodorsally from anterodorsal aspect of tympanum; one enlarged pretympanic scale; supraciliares 16; canthals five; postrostrals four; left supralabials nine if counted to a point right below middle of eye, and 13 if counted to commisure of mouth (10 and 13 on right side, respectively); rostral (3.67 × 1.64 mm) about twice as wide as adjacent supralabials; single longitudinal row of lorilabials between suboculars and supralabials at level of middle of eye, longitudinal rows of lorilabials anterior to this point 2–3; loreal region broken into small, smooth, and juxtaposed scales; nasal at level of supralabial III; left infralabials eight if counted to a point right below middle of eye, and 13 if counted to commisure of mouth (eight and 11 on right side, respectively); mental (4.11 × 2.65 mm) wider and higher than adjacent infralabials; postmentals three; gulars ventrally projected; gular fold complete midventrally; neck with several longitudinal and oblique folds.

Vertebral crest strongly projected and decreasing in size posteriorly, with vertebrals on neck at least four times higher than vertebrals between hind limbs; crest bifurcates posteriorly and extends onto tail about ¼ its length; body flanks between fore and hind limbs with dorsolateral and ventrolateral folds, as well as several oblique folds; scales on dorsolateral folds slightly larger than adjacent scales giving the fold the appearance of a crest; dorsal scales between dorsolateral folds and vertebral crest small, prominently keeled, and imbricate; scales on flanks (i.e., ventral to dorsolateral folds) similar in size to dorsal scales, with a few scattered enlarged scales 2–3 times larger than adjacent scales; ventral scales imbricate, smooth, rectangular, with a posterolateral mucron; ventrals more than twice the size of dorsals.

Limb scales keeled dorsally and smooth or slightly keeled ventrally; scales on dorsal and posterior aspects of thighs heterogeneous in size, with most scales less than half the size of those scales on anterior and ventral aspects; subdigitals on Finger IV 21; subdigitals on Toe IV 26; two femoral pores on each side; tail laterally compressed and gradually decreasing in height towards tip; caudal scales strongly keeled and imbricate, increasing in size posteriorly on lateral and dorsal aspects of each autotomic segment; ventral larger than dorsal caudals, with individual autotomic segments being three scales long ventrally and six scales long dorsally.

Coloration in life of holotype (Fig. 1). Scales on dorsal and lateral surfaces of head mostly green or yellow, with black margins causing a reticulate pattern; some head scales entirely black; labials and mental yellowish orange with black margins; rostral green medially and black laterally; gulars orange with black margins, a few lateral gulars green or yellow; skin between gulars black; black gular patch absent; six enlarged greenish-cream scales form a distinct spot posterior to tympanum; paraverterbrals and caudals green or dark brown; flanks mottled with lemon-green scales; dorsal limb scales light green, some with dark brown margins; ventral surface of body, limbs, and tail white medially and light green laterally, with irregular light green stripes projecting medially; lining of mouth whitish cream; iris light brown peripherially with dark brown projections originating from the dark brown center.

Color variation. Adult males QCAZ 8456, 8460 differed from the holotype in having a dark brown to black reticulate pattern on dorsal and lateral aspects of body. In addition, male QCAZ 8460 had the dorsal surface of head black with green and yellow dots; loreal and subocular regions with black and red scales; labials red with black margins; gulars red with black margins ( Fig. 3 View Figure 3 ). Metachromatism was observed in some individuals, in which the green tones were replaced with yellow or brown tones ( Fig. 4 View Figure 4 ).

Adult female QCAZ 8457 ( Fig. 3 View Figure 3 ): dorsal background of body, limbs, and tail light brown spotted with yellow scales; dorsal background of head dark brown with scattered black scales; labials yellowish green with grey margins; enlarged pretympanic scale yellow; faint yellowish strip extends longitudinally from tympanum to scapular region; each vertebral yellow anteriorly and grey posteriorly; gular region brown with a few scattered orange scales; ventral surface of body, limbs, and tail brownish cream; iris copper with dark brown reticulations. Adult female QCAZ 8458 ( Fig. 3 View Figure 3 ) differed from the latter in having a dark olive green dorsal background, a black stripe extending longitudinally from posterior margin of eye to dorsal margin of tympanum, a black stripe extending dorsolaterally from comisure of mouth to eye, and a yellowish cream gular region with scattered black dots.

Juvenile QCAZ 8454 ( Fig. 3 View Figure 3 ): dorsal background yellowish green with irregular dark brown marks on head, body, flanks, tail, and black transverse lines on limbs; black stripe extends from posterior margin of eye to dorsal margin of tympanum; another black stripe extends from subocular region to anterior margin of tympanum, from where it extends ventrally into gular region; dorsolateral light green band with brown and black margins extends from temporal to scapular region; vertebrals black and yellowish green; gular region yellowish cream with brown, yellow, and orange scales laterally; ventral surface of body and limbs whitish cream, with faint grey dots; ventral surface of tail similar in color but fainter than dorsal surface; tongue cream with anterior tip grey; lining of mouth whitish cream; iris copper. Juvenile QCAZ 8485 differs from the latter in having a yellowish-brown background, with dark brown transverse bands arranged longitudinally from the scapular region to the tip of the tail.

Natural history. Juvenile QCAZ 8454 was encountered at 5 pm basking in the sun on the ground; when approached it ran quickly into a hole 5 cm wide located 1 m higher in the ground. All other specimens were found sleeping at night (7:00 pm– 12:00 am) between 30 cm and 2.5 m above ground. These specimens were found with their heads facing up on vertical stems with diameters varying between 2–10 cm, or lying horizontally on ferns with stems 2–3 cm wide. Most specimens were collected in secondary forest close to pasture.

Distribution. Enyalioides rubrigularis inhabits rainforests on the eastern slopes of the Andes and western slopes of Cordillera del Cóndor in southern Ecuador (Fig. 5). It occurs at elevations of 1100–1460 m in the upper basins of the Zamora and Nangaritza rivers, Provincia Zamora Chinchipe. Th e type locality of E. rubrigularis is surrounded by secondary forest, pasture, Tilapia ponds, and bullfrog ( Rana catesbeiana ) farms.

Etymology. The name rubrigularis is an adjective in the nominative singular and derives from the Latin words ruber (=red) and gula (=throat). It refers to the characteristic orange or reddish throat and chin of adult males, which distinguishes the new species from other species of Enyalioides .

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Figure 5. Distribution of Enyalioides praestabilis (circles) and E. rubrigularis sp. n. (squares).


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