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Abronia deppii (WIEGMANN, 1828)

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Higher TaxaAnguidae (Gerrhonotinae), Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesS: Escorpión Arboricola de Deppe
E: Deppe’s Arboreal Alligator Lizard 
SynonymGerrhonotus deppii WIEGMANN 1828: 379
Abronia deppii — GRAY 1838: 389
Gerrhonotus Deppii — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 398
Gerrhonotus Deppii — O’SHAUGHNESSY 1873: 45
Gerrhonotus deppii — GÜNTHER 1885: 35
Gerrhonotus deppii — BOULENGER 1885: 269
Abronia deppii — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 196
Gerrhonotus deppii — WERMUTH 1969: 17
Abronia deppei — LINER 1994
Abronia deppii — LINER 2007 
DistributionMexico (N Guerrero, Mexico, N Morelos)

Type locality: Mexico. Restricted to Omilteme, Guerrero, by SMITH & TAYLOR 1950, later restricted to Temascaltepec-Real de Arriba, in the State of Mexico, by SÁNCHEZ-HERRERA & LÓPEZ-FORMENT 1980.  
TypesLectotype: ZMB 1149 (see also GOOD et al. 1993) 
CommentDistribution: Map in Bogert and Porter 1967: 16. Has been confused with what is now called Abronia martindelcampoi FLORES-VILLELA & SÁNCHEZ-HERRERA 2003 who also redescribed A. deppii. Hence not in the Sierra Madre del Sur, as reported by FLORES-VILLELA & SÁNCHEZ-HERRERA 2003.

Type species: Abronia deppii is the type species of the genus Abronia GRAY 1838. Note that there is also a plant genus of the same name. 
EtymologyThe generic name apparently is derived from the Greek word abros meaning "delicate" perhaps in reference to the delicate nature ofthe tail (Lemos-Espinal & Dixon 2013). The species has been named after one of the collectors, Ferdinand Deppe. 
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  • Bogert, Charles M. & Porter, Ann P. 1967. A new species of Abronia (Sauria, Anguidae) from the Sierra Madre del Sur of Oaxaca, Mexico. American Museum Novitates (2279): 1-21 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Vol. 2, Second edition. London, xiii+497 pp. - get paper here
  • Castro Franco, R. & M. G. Bustos-Zagal 2003. Lagartijas de Morelos, México: distribución, hábitat y conservación. Acta Zoológica Mexicana (n.s.) 88:123-142 - get paper here
  • Castro-Franco, Rubén, María Guasalupe Bustos-Zagal 1994. List of reptiles of Morelos, Mexico, and their distribution in relation to vegetation types. Southwestern Naturalist 39 (2): 171-175 - get paper here
  • Duméril, A. M. C. and G. Bibron. 1839. Erpétologie Générale on Histoire Naturelle Complète des Reptiles. Vol. 5. Roret/Fain et Thunot, Paris, 871 pp. - get paper here
  • Flores-Villela, O. & Sánchez-H., O. 2003. A new species of Abronia (Squamata: Anguidae) from the Sierra Madre del Sur of Guerrero, Mexico, with comments on Abronia deppii. Herpetologica 59 (4): 524-531 - get paper here
  • Good, D.A. 1988. Phylogenetic relationships among gerrhonotine lizards; an analysis of external morphology. Univ. California Publ. Zool. 121: 139 pp. - get paper here
  • Good, David A.; Bauer, Aaron M.;Günther, Rainer 1993. An Annotated Type Catalogue of the Anguimorph Lizards (Squamata: Anguidae, Helodermatidae, Varanidae, Xenosauridae) in the Zoological Museum, Berlin. Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berl. 69 (1): 45-56
  • Gray, J. E. 1838. Catalogue of the slender-tongued saurians, with descriptions of many new genera and species. Part 3. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (1) 1: 388-394 - get paper here
  • Günther, A. C. L. G. 1885. Reptilia and Batrachia. Biologia Centrali-Américana. Taylor, & Francis, London, 326 pp. [published in parts from 1885-1902; reprint by the SSAR 1987] - get paper here
  • Langner, Christian 2014. Herpetologische Beobachtungen im Lebensraum von Abronia deppii im Valle de Bravo, Estado de México, Mexiko. Terraria-Elaphe 2014 (2): 46-55 - get paper here
  • Liner, Ernest A. 2007. A CHECKLIST OF THE AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES OF MEXICO. Louisiana State University Occasional Papers of the Museum of Natural Science 80: 1-60 - get paper here
  • O’Shaughnessy, A. W. E. 1873. Herpetological notes. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (4) 12: 44-48 - get paper here
  • Palacios-Aguilar, Ricardo & OSCAR FLORES-VILLELA 2018. An updated checklist of the herpetofauna from Guerrero, Mexico. Zootaxa 4422 (1): 1-24 - get paper here
  • Sánchez-Herrera, O. & López-Forment, W. C. 1980. The lizard Abronia deppei (Sauria; Anguidae) in the state of Mexico, with the restriction of its type locality. Bull. Maryland Herp. Soc. 16 (3): 83-87 - get paper here
  • Schmidt-Ballardo, Walter; IsraelSolano-Zavaleta, and Adam G. Clause 2015. Abronia deppii. Reproduction. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 (2): 192-194 - get paper here
  • Smith,H.M. & Taylor,E.H. 1950. An annotated checklist and key to the reptiles of Mexico exclusive of the snakes. Bull. US Natl. Mus. 199: 1-253 - get paper here
  • Tihen, J. A. 1954. Gerrhonotine lizards recently added to the American Museum collection, with further revisions of the genus Abronia. American Museum Novitates (1687): 1-26 - get paper here
  • Wiegmann,A.F.A. 1828. Beyträge zur Amphibienkunde. Isis von Oken 21 (4): 364-383 - get paper here
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