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Aspidoscelis communis (COPE, 1878)

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Higher TaxaTeiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesAspidoscelis communis mariarum (GÜNTHER 1885)
Aspidoscelis communis communis (COPE 1878) 
Common NamesColima Giant Whiptail 
SynonymCnemidophorus communis COPE 1878: 95
Cnemidophorus communis occidentalis GADOW 1906: 339
Cnemidophorus communis copei GADOW 1906: 346
Cnemidophorus sackii communis — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 182
Cnemidophorus sacki communis — LEWIS 1956
Cnemidophorus sackii occidentalis — ZWEIFEL 1959: 81
Cnemidophorus communis — LINER 1994
Aspidoscelis communis — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis communis — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008

Aspidoscelis communis mariarum (GÜNTHER 1885)
Cnemidophorus mariarum GÜNTHER 1885: 28
Cnemidophorus gularis mariarum — COPE 1892: 46
Cnemidophorus sackii mariarum — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 183
Cnemidophorus communis mariarum — ZWEIFEL 1959: 79
Cnemidophorus communis mariarum — DUELLMAN & ZWEIFEL 1962
Cnemidophorus communis mariarum — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Aspidoscelis communis mariarum — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis communis mariarum — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008

Aspidoscelis communis communis (COPE 1878)
Cnemidophorus communis COPE 1878
Cnemidophorus communis communis — ZWEIFEL 1959: 74
Cnemidophorus communis communis — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Aspidoscelis communis communis — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis communis communis — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008 
DistributionMexico (central plateau of Mexico, from Chihuahua southward; Pacific coast from the Balsas basin northward to S Sinaloa and perhaps Sonora. Recorded from (?) Sonora, Chihuahua, Durango, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí, Zacatecas, Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Aguascalientes ?, Jalisco, Sinaloa, Nayarit (incl. Isabel Island), Colima, Michoacán, Distrito Federal, Veracruz, Morelos, Puebla, Guerrero).

Type locality: not definitely stated: Colima, Guadalajara, Córdoba, Cobán (Guatemala) or San Antonio (Texas); restricted to Colima, Colima by SMITH & TAYLOR 1950.  
TypesLectotype: USNM 31542 (designated by ZWEIFEL 1959: 74)
Holotype: lost (fide SMITH & TAYLOR 1950), but later rediscovered in USNM
Syntypes: BMNH 1881.10.1.81, 1881.10.1.82, 1881. [mariarum]
Holotype: BMNH 1892.2.8.33 [occidentalis] 
CommentSynonymy after SMITH & TAYLOR 1950.

Distribution: not listed for Querétaro by DIXON & LEMOS-ESPINAL 2010. Not listed for Aguascalientes by VÁSQUEZ-DIAZ & QUINTERO-DIAZ 2005. Not listed for San Luis Potosí by Lemos-Espinal & Dixon 2013. Not in Nuevo León fide LEMOS-ESPINAL et al. 2016. Not in Coahuila fide LEMOS-ESPINAL et al. 2016. Not in Puebla fide Woolrich-Piña 2018. 
  • CASTIGLIA,RICCARDO; FLAVIA ANNESI, ALEXANDRA M.R. BEZERRA, ANDRÉS GARCÍA & OSCAR FLORES-VILLELA 2010. Cytotaxonomy and DNA taxonomy of lizards (Squamata, Sauria) from a tropical dry forest in the Chamela-Cuixmala Biosphere Reserve on the coast of Jalisco, Mexico. Zootaxa 2508: 1–29 - get paper here
  • Castro-Frankco, R. & Guadalupe Bustos Zagal, M. 2004. Additional records and range extensions of reptiles from Morelos, México. Herpetological Review 35 (2): 196-197 - get paper here
  • Cobarrubias, Edgar Flores; Daniel Cruz-Sáenz, and David Lazcano 2012. Notes on the Herpetofauna of Western Mexico 6: Amphibians and Reptiles of Hostotipaquillo, Jalisco, Mexico. Bull. Chicago Herp. Soc. 47 (2):21-26 - get paper here
  • Cope, E.D. 1878. Tenth contribution to the herpetology of Tropical America. Proc. Amer. Philos. Soc. 17: 85-98 [1877] - get paper here
  • Duellman, W. E., & ZWEIFEL, R. G. 1962. A synopsis of the lizards of the sexlineatus group (genus Cnemidophorus). Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 123: 155-210.
  • Gadow,H. 1906. A contribution to the study of evolution based upon the Mexican species of Cnemidophorus. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1906: 277-375 (+ maps) - 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
  • Lewis, Thomas H. and Murray L. Johnson 1956. Notes on a Herpetological Collection from Sinaloa. Herpetologica 12 (4): 277-280 - get paper here
  • Maslin, T. & Secoy, D.M. 1986. A checklist of the lizard genus Cnemidophorus (Teiidae). Contr. Zool. Univ. Colorado Mus. 1: 1-60
  • PALACIOS-AGUILAR, RICARDO & OSCAR FLORES-VILLELA 2018. An updated checklist of the herpetofauna from Guerrero, Mexico. Zootaxa 4422 (1): 1-24 - get paper here
  • REEDER, T.W.; CHARLES J. COLE AND HERBERT C. DESSAUER 2002. Phylogenetic Relationships of Whiptail Lizards of the Genus Cnemidophorus (Squamata: Teiidae): A Test of Monophyly, Reevaluation of Karyotypic Evolution, and Review of Hybrid Origins. American Museum Novitates 3365: 1-64 - get paper here
  • Rojo-Gutiérrez, Juan Rubén; David Jaimes-Rodríguez , Daniel Cruz-Sáenz , Laura López-Fernández , Enrique Chávez-Uribe and David Lazcano 2018. Notes on the Herpetofauna of Western Mexico 19: An Update to the Herpetofauna of Volcán de Tequila in Jalisco, Mexico Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society 53(8):165-169 - 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
  • Woolrich-Piña, G. A., E. García-Padilla, D. L. DeSantis, J. D. Johnson, V. Mata-Silva, and L. D. Wilson. 2017. The herpetofauna of Puebla, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation status. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4(4): 791–884
  • Woolrich-Piña, Guillermo A, Paulino Ponce-Campos, Jesús Loc-Barragán, Juan Pablo Ramírez-Silva, Vicente Mata-Silva, Jerry D. Johnson, Elí García-Padilla and Larry David Wilson. 2016. The herpetofauna of Nayarit, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation status. Mesoamerican Herpetology 3 (2): 376-448 - get paper here
  • Zweifel, Richard G. 1959. Variation in and distribution of lizards of western Mexico related to Cnemidophorus sacki. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 117 (2): 57-116
  • Zweifel, Richard G. 1961. Relationship of two whiptail lizards (genus Cnemidophorus) in western Mexico. Copeia 1961 (1): 98-103 - get paper here
  • Zweifel,R.G. and Norris,K.S. 1955. Contributions to the herpetology of Sonora, Mexico:Descriptions of new subspecies of snakes (Micruroides euryxanthus and Lampropeltis getulus) and miscellaneous collecting notes. American Midland Naturalist 54: 230-249 - get paper here
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