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Higher TaxaTeiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Namestesselata: Common Checkered Whiptail
dixoni: Gray Checkered Whiptail 
SynonymAmeiva tesselata SAY 1822: 50
Cnemidophorus tesselatus — SMITH & BURGER 1949: 282
Cnemidophorus grahamii BAIRD & GIRARD 1852: 128
Cnemidophorus sex-lineatus var. tesselata — GÜNTHER 1885: 26
Cnemidophorus grahamii — MOCQUARD 1899: 315
Cnemidophorus tesselatus — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 188
Cnemidophorus dixoni SCUDDAY 1973
Cnemidophorus tesselatus dixoni — STEBBINS 1985: 163
Cnemidophorus tesselatus — STEBBINS 1985: 163
Cnemidophorus tesselatus — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Cnemidophorus tesselatus — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 124
Cnemidophorus dixoni — WRIGHT 1993
Cnemidophorus dixoni — WALKER et al. 1994
Cnemidophorus dixoni — LINER 1994
Cnemidophorus tesselatus — LINER 1994
Cnemidophorus grahami — DEGENHARDT et al. 1996
Cnemidophorus dixoni — BARTLETT & BARTLETT 1999: 253
Aspidoscelis tesselata — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis dixoni — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis tesselata — COOPER et al. 2005
Aspidoscelis dixoni — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008
Aspidoscelis dixoni — COLLINS & TAGGART 2009
Aspidoscelis dixoni — JONES & LOVICH 2009: 334
Aspidoscelis tesselata — JONES & LOVICH 2009: 390
Aspidoscelis tesselata — CROTHER et al. 2012
Aspidoscelis tesselatus — PYRON & BURBRINK 2013 
DistributionUSA (SE Colorado, New Mexico, W Texas),
Mexico (NE Chihuahua, Coahuila)

Type locality: Arkansas River, near Castle Rock Creek, Colorado (= Beaver Creek, Fremont County).

dixoni: USA (New Mexico: Hidalgo County; Texas: Presidio County), Mexico  
ReproductionParthenogenetic diploid species. Most populations of this species arose by hybridization between C. tigris marmoratus and C. septemvittatus. Populations in SC-Colorado have resulted from futher hybridization with C. sexlineatus fide STEBBINS 1985. 
TypesHolotype: lost (fide SMITH & TAYLOR 1950) 
CommentDistribution: Records from Mexico are not reliable according to SMITH & TAYLOR 1950. See also discussion in CROTHER 2000. Not listed for New Mexico by Degenhardt et al. 1996. 
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