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Aspidoscelis velox (SPRINGER, 1928)

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Higher TaxaTeiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesPlateau Striped Whiptail 
SynonymCnemidophorus gularis velox SPRINGER 1928: 102
Cnemidophorus velox — STEBBINS 1985: 156
Cnemidophorus velox — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Cnemidophorus velox — CROTHER 2000
Cnemidophorus sackii innotatus BURGER (fide MASLIN & SECOY 1986)
Aspidoscelis velox — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis velos — WERNING 2012 (in error) 
DistributionUSA (SE Utah, Colorado, N Arizona, N New Mexico). Introduced and established at Cove Palisades State Park, Jefferson County, Oregon (fide STEBBINS 1985).

Type locality: “Oraibi, Arizona” and “Pueblo Bonito, New Mexico”. Restricted to Pueblo Bonito, San Juan County, N. Mexico, by SMITH & TYALOR 1950: 184. Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
ReproductionParthenogenetic species. WRIGHT (1993) applied the name C. velox to triploid parthenogens and treated C. innotatus as the name of a separate diploid species. See also CROTHER 2000 for further discussion. 
TypesHolotype: USNM 3032 
CommentSynonymy: after SPRINGER 1950, cited in KLUGE 1984: 22. SMITH & TYALOR 1950 listed this species as a synonym of Cnemidophorus inornatus. 
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  • Cordes, James E. and James M. Walker 2006. Evolutionary and Systematic Implications of Skin Histocompatibility Among Parthenogenetic Teiid Lizards: Three Color Pattern Classes of Aspidoscelis dixoni and One of Aspidoscelis tesselata. Copeia, 2006 (1):14-26 - get paper here
  • Cordes, James E. and James M. Walker. 2013. Aspidoscelis velox (plateau striped whiptail) bifurcation. Herpetological Review 44 (2): 319
  • Crother, B. I. 2000. Scientific and standard English names of amphibians and reptiles of North America north of Mexico, with comments regarding confidence in our understanding. Herpetological Circular 29: 1-82
  • Crother, B. I. (ed.) 2012. Standard Common and Current Scientific Names for North American Amphibians, Turtles, Reptiles, and Crocodilians, Seventh Edition. Herpetological Circular 39: 1-92
  • Cuellar, Orlando 1977. Genetic homogeneity and speciation in the parthenogenetic lizards Cnemidophorus velox and C. neomexicanus: Evidence from intraspecific histocompatibility. Evolution 31 (1): 24-31 - get paper here
  • Cuellar, Orlando;Wright, John W. 1992. Isogenicity in the unisexual lizard Cnemidophorus velox. C.R. Soc. Biog_ogr. 68 (4): 157-160
  • Degenhardt, William G.; C. W. Painter, and A. H. Price 1996. Amphibians and reptiles of New Mexico. Univ. New Mexico Press, 431 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.
  • Jones, K.B.; Abbas, D.R. & Bergstedt, T. 1981. Herpetological records from Central and Northeastern Arizona. Herpetological Review 12 (1): 16 - get paper here
  • Jones, L.L. & Lovich, R.E. 2009. Lizards of the American Southwest. A photographic field guide. Rio Nuevo Publishers, Tucson, AZ, 568 pp. [review in Reptilia 86: 84] - get paper here
  • 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
  • Lowe, Charles H., Jr 1955. A new species of whiptailed lizard (Genus Cnemidophorus) from the Colorado Plateau of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. Breviora (47): 1-7 - get paper here
  • Lowe, Charles H., Jr;Wright, John W.;Cole, Charles J.;Bezy, Robert L. 1970. Chromosomes and evolution of the species groups of Cnemidophorus (Reptilia: Teiidae). Systematic Zoology 19: 128-141
  • Maslin, T. & Secoy, D.M. 1986. A checklist of the lizard genus Cnemidophorus (Teiidae). Contr. Zool. Univ. Colorado Mus. 1: 1-60
  • 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
  • Smith, Hobart M.;Thompson, Dorian 1993. Four reptiles newly recorded from Ouray County, Colorado. Bull. Chicago Herp. Soc. 28 (4): 78-79 - get paper here
  • Springer, Stewart 1928. An annotated list of the lizards of Lee's Ferry, Arizona. Copeia 1928 (169): 100-104 - get paper here
  • Stebbins,R.C. 1985. A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians, 2nd ed. Houghton Mifflin, Boston
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  • Sullivan, B.K., Sullivan, K.O., Sulivan, J.R., Cordes, J.E. & Walker, J.M. 2018. Aspidoscelis velox (Plateau Striped Whiptail) and Aspidoscelis uniparens (Desert Grassland Whiptail) Rare syntopy. Herpetological Review 49: 116-117.
  • Tanner, Vasco M.;Hayward, C. Lynn 1934. A biological study of the La Sal Mountains, Utah report No. 1 (Ecology). Proceedings of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters 11: 209-235
  • Taylor, Harry L. 1965. Morphological variation in selected populations of the teiid lizards Cnemidophorus velox and Cnemidophorus inornatus. University of Colorado Studies, Series in Bioogy (21): 1-27
  • Werning, Heiko 2012. Die Reptilien und Amphibien des Südwestens. Draco 13 (50): 18-60 - get paper here
  • Woodbury, Angus Munn 1928. The reptiles of Zion National Park. Copeia 1928 (166): 14-21 - get paper here
  • Wright, J. W. 1966. Variation in two sympatric whiptail lizards (Cnemidophorus inornatus and C. velox) in New Mexico. Southwestern Naturalist 11 (1): 54-71 - get paper here
  • Wright, J.W. 1993. Evolution of the lizards of the genus Cnemidophorus. In: Wright,J.W. & Vitt,L.J. (eds.) Biology of Whiptail lizards (genus Cnemidophorus), pp. 27-81. Oklahoma Mus. Nat. Hist., Norman.
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