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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 NamesE: Colima 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. Recorded from (?) Sonora, Chihuahua, Tamaulipas, 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. Not listed for San Luis Potosí by Lemos-Espinal et al. 2018 (checklist SLP). Not in Durango fide Lemos-Espinal (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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