The discovery of Selvasaura candesi is significant because it expands the understanding of the neotropical lizards of the subfamily Cercosaurinae.
The Peruvian team used morphological and genetic evidence to support the recognition of Selvasaura candesi as a new species. They also suggests that an integrative taxonomy approach is a critical tool to identify Selvasaura lizards.
This new discovery of Selvasaura candesi contributes to our understanding of the diversity of this genus, and highlights the need for further exploration in poorly explored areas. The findings of this study have been published in the journal Evolutionary Systematics.