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Aspidoscelis costatus (COPE, 1878)

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Higher TaxaTeiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesAspidoscelis costatus barrancorum (ZWEIFEL 1959)
Aspidoscelis costatus costatus (COPE 1878)
Aspidoscelis costatus griseocephalus (ZWEIFEL 1959)
Aspidoscelis costatus huico (ZWEIFEL 1959)
Aspidoscelis costatus mazatlanensis (ZWEIFEL 1959)
Aspidoscelis costatus nigrigularis (ZWEIFEL 1959)
Aspidoscelis costatus occidentalis (GADOW 1906)
Aspidoscelis costatus zweifeli (DUELLMAN 1960) 
Common NamesWestern Mexico Whiptail 
SynonymCnemidophorus costatus COPE 1878: 95
Cnemidophorus costatus — GÜNTHER 1885: 26
Cnemidophorus alpinus MASLIN & WALKER 1965
Cnemidophorus alpinus — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Cnemidophorus costatus — LINER 1994
Aspidoscelis costata — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis costata — MATA-SILVA et al. 2015

Aspidoscelis costatus barrancorum (ZWEIFEL 1959)
Cnemidophorus sacki barrancorum ZWEIFEL 1959: 102
Cnemidophorus costatus barrancorum — DUELLMAN & ZWEIFEL 1962
Cnemidophorus costatus barrancorum — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Aspidoscelis costata barrancorum — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis costata barrancorum — LEMOS-ESPINAL et al. 2004
Aspidoscelis costata barrancarum [sic] — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008: 47

Aspidoscelis costatus costata (COPE 1878)
Cnemidophorus costatus COPE 1878: 95
Cnemidophorus costatus costatus — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Aspidoscelis costata costata — REEDER et al. 2002

Aspidoscelis costatus griseocephala (ZWEIFEL 1959)
Cnemidophorus sacki griseocephalus ZWEIFEL 1959: 96
Cnemidophorus costatus griseocephalus — DUELLMAN & ZWEIFEL 1962
Cnemidophorus costatus griseocephalus — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Aspidoscelis costata griseocephala — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis costata griseocephala — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008

Aspidoscelis costatus huico (ZWEIFEL 1959)
Cnemidophorus sacki huico ZWEIFEL 1959: 85
Cnemidophorus costatus huico — DUELLMAN & ZWEIFEL 1962
Cnemidophorus costatus huico — MCDIARMID 1963
Cnemidophorus costatus huico — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Aspidoscelis costata huico — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis costata huico — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008

Aspidoscelis costatus mazatlanensis (ZWEIFEL 1959)
Cnemidophorus sacki mazatlanensis ZWEIFEL 1959: 89
Cnemidophorus costatus mazatlanensis — DUELLMAN & ZWEIFEL 1962
Cnemidophorus costatus mazatlanensis — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Aspidoscelis costata mazatlanensis — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis costata mazatlanensis — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008

Aspidoscelis costatus nigrigularis (ZWEIFEL 1959)
Cnemidophorus sacki nigrigularis ZWEIFEL 1959: 93
Cnemidophorus costatus nigrigularis — DUELLMAN & ZWEIFEL 1962
Cnemidophorus costatus nigrigularis — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Aspidoscelis costata nigrigularis — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis costata nigrigularis — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008

Aspidoscelis costatus occidentalis (GADOW 1906)
Cnemidophorus communis occidentalis GADOW 1906: 339
Cnemidophorus sacki occidentalis — ZWEIFEL 1959: 81
Cnemidophorus costatus occidentalis — DUELLMAN & ZWEIFEL 1962
Cnemidophorus costatus occidentalis — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Aspidoscelis costata occidentalis — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis costata occidentalis — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008

Aspidoscelis costatus zweifeli (DUELLMAN 1960)
Cnemidophorus sacki zweifeli DUELLMAN 1960: 589
Cnemidophorus costatus zweifeli — DUELLMAN & ZWEIFEL 1962
Cnemidophorus costata zweifeli — KLUGE 1984
Cnemidophorus costatus zweifeli — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Aspidoscelis costata zweifeli — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis costata zweifeli — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008 
DistributionMexico (Sonora, Morelos, Sinaloa, Nayarit, Tlaxcala [HR 34: 383], Oaxaca, Jalisco, Guerrero)

barrancorum: Mexico (Sonora); Type locality: Rancho Guirocoba, about 20 miles southeast of Alamos, Sonora, Mexico.

griseocephalus: Mexico (Sonora); Type locality: 111.4 miles east of Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico.

huico: Mexico (Nayarit); Type locality: Pefnitas, approximately 12 miles south-southeast of Rosamorada, Nayarit, Mexico.

mazatlanensis: Mexico (Sinaloa); Type locality: 2 miles north of Coyotitan, Sinaloa, Mexico;

nigrigularis: Mexico (Sinaloa); Type locality: 10.5 miles NW of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico;

zweifeli: Mexico (Michoacan); Type locality: Mexico, Michoacan, Capirio, 185 m elevation. Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: unlocated
Holotype: AMNH 63697 [barrancorum]
Holotype: AMNH 75930 [griseocephalus]
Holotype: AMNH 75570, paratypes: UMMZ, SNMH, AMNH, USNM [huico]
Holotype: AMNH 75921. Paratypes: UMMZ, MVZ [mazatlanensis]
Holotype: AMNH 75925 [nigrigularis]
Holotype: UMMZ [zweifeli] 
CommentMay be synonymous with Cnemidophorus sackii. LINER (1994) listed Cnemidophorus alpinus as valid species. Subspecies after LINER 1994. 
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  • 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
  • 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
  • Crawford, N.G. et al. 2008. Thirteen polymorphic microsatellite DNA loci from whiptails of the genus Aspidoscelis (Teiidae: Squamata) and related cnemidophorine lizards. Molecular Ecology Resources 8: 219–223
  • Duellman, W. E. 1960. A new subspecies of lizard, Cnemidophorus sacki, from Michoacan, México. Univ. Kansas Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist. 10: 587-598. - 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.
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  • 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
  • Gómez-Benitez, Aldo, Ana Esthela López-Moreno, James Martin Walker, Edgar Vásquez-Alcántara, Daniel Sánchez-Manjarrez, Orlando Suárez-Rodríguez and Oswaldo Hernández Gallegos. 2016. Aspidoscelis costata. Scale variation. Mesoamerican Herpetology 3(4): 1089–1091 - get paper here
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  • Kluge, Arnold G. 1984. Type-specimens of reptiles in the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology. Miscellaneous publications, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan (167): 1-85 - get paper here
  • Lemos-Espinal, Julio A., David Chiszar, and Hobart M. Smith 2004. Selected Records of 2003 Lizards from Chihuahua and Sonora, Mexico. Bull. Chicago Herp. Soc. 39 (9): 164-168 - get paper here
  • Luja VH, López JA, Cruz-Elizalde R, Ramírez-Bautista A 2017. Herpetofauna inside and outside from a natural protected area: the case of Reserva Estatal de la Biósfera Sierra San Juan, Nayarit, Mexico. Nature Conservation 21: 15-38 - 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
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  • Mata-Silva, Vicente, Jerry D. Johnson, Larry David Wilson and Elí García-Padilla. 2015. The herpetofauna of Oaxaca, Mexico: composition, physiographic distribution, and conservation status. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 (1): 6–62 - get paper here
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  • 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
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