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Aspidoscelis motaguae (SACKETT, 1941)

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Higher TaxaTeiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesGiant Whiptail 
SynonymCnemidophorus motaguae SACKETT 1941
Cnemidophorus sackii bocourti — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 181
Cnemidophorus motaguae — DUELLMAN & ZWEIFEL 1962
Cnemidophorus sackii — ALVAREZ DEL TORO 1982 (fide VILLA et al. 1988)
Cnemidophorus motaguae — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Cnemidophorus motaguae — LINER 1994
Cnemidophorus motaguae — KÖHLER 2000: 100
Aspidoscelis motaguae — REEDER et al. 2002
Cnemidophorus motaguae — SCHLÜTER 2004
Aspidoscelis montaguae [sic] — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008
Aspidoscelis motaguae — MATA-SILVA et al. 2015 
DistributionUSA (introduced to Florida, incl. Florida Keys)
Mexico (Chiapas, Oaxaca), Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua

Type locality: Montagua River Valley 10 km northeast of Zacapa, Zacapa, Guatemala.  
TypesHolotype: ANSP 22143 
CommentNot listed by CROTHER 2000 for North America but confirmed by COLLINS & TAGGART (2002). Has been confused with Ameiva chaitzami. 
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  • Collins, J.T. and <br />T. W. Taggart 2002. Standard Common and Current Scientific Names for North American Amphibians, Turtles, Reptiles, and Crocodilians, Fifth Edition. Center for North American Herpetology, 52 pp.
  • 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.
  • Enge, Kevin M., Jonathan D. Mays, Kenneth L. Krysko, Claudia A. MacKenzie-Krysko, Harrison W. Butchart and Scott Compton. 2015. Geographic Distribution: Aspidoscelis motaguae (giant whiptail). Herpetological Review 46 (4): 567
  • Gibbons, Whit; Judy Greene, and Tony Mills 2009. LIZARDS AND CROCODILIANS OF THE SOUTHEAST. University of Georgia Press, 240 pp.
  • Johnson, Jerry D.; Vicente Mata-Silva, Elí García Padilla, and Larry David Wilson 2015. The Herpetofauna of Chiapas, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 (3): 272–329. - get paper here
  • Köhler, G. 2000. Reptilien und Amphibien Mittelamerikas, Bd 1: Krokodile, Schildkröten, Echsen. Herpeton Verlag, Offenbach, 158 pp.
  • Köhler, G.; M.S. Saavedra; J. Martinez; G. Lopez; J. Sunyer. 2013. First record of Aspidoscelis motaguae (Sackett, 1941) (Reptilia: Squamata: Teiidae) from Nicaragua. Check List 9 (2):475-475 - 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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  • McCranie, James R. 2015. A checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with additions, comments on taxonomy, some recent taxonomic decisions, and areas of further studies needed. Zootaxa 3931 (3): 352–386 - 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
  • Sackett, J. Townsend 1941. Preliminary report on results of the West Indies-Guatemala Expedition of 1940 for the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. Part II.- A new Teiid lizard of the genus Cnemidophorus. Notulae Naturae (77): 1-4
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  • Sunyer, Javier 2014. An updated checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Nicaragua. Mesoamerican Herpetology 1 (2): 186–202. - get paper here
  • Sunyer, Javier, José Gabriel Martínez-Fonseca and Milton Salazar-Saavedra. 2016. New departmental records for lizards in Nicaragua. Mesoamerican Herpetology 3(4): 1049–1054 - get paper here
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