Anguid lizards of the genus Diploglossus in Panama, with the description of a new species. American Museum novitates ; no. 2523

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New York, N.Y. : American Museum of Natural History
"Three species of Diploglossus occur in Panama. Diploglossus montisilvestris is described from cloud forest of the Serranía de Pirre, Darién Province. The new species differs from most other mainland Diploglossus (Celestus included) in having the nasal scale separated from the rostral, and from most Antillean and some mainland species in having an ungual (claw) sheath. It is superficially similar to D. bilobatus but differs significantly in characteristics of the nasal region, in the ungual sheath, and in other characters; it is possibly arboreal, whereas D. bilobatus is terrestrial. Diploglossus bilobatus is reported from Panama for the first time, and a photograph from life is presented. Although not abundant, the large, orange-bellied Diploglossus monotropis is well known in Panama, being called escorpión coral in the west and by the Colombian names madre de culebra and madre coral in the east. Each of the three species is defined and diagnosed and the coloration described from life. A key is given to the three genera and five species of Anguidae in Panama"--P. [1].
20 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 18-20).