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Cnemidophorus ruatanus BARBOUR, 1928

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Higher TaxaTeiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymCnemidophorus lemniscatus ruatanus BARBOUR 1928: 60
Cnemidophorus lemniscatus lemniscatus — BURT 1931: 30 (part)
Cnemidophorus lemniscatus — ECHTERNACHT 1968: 152 (part)
Cnemidophorus lemniscatus ruatanus — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Cnemidophorus lemniscatus ruatanus — WRIGHT 1993: 79
Cnemidophorus lemniscatus — MONTGOMERY et al. 2007: 38.
Cnemidophorus ruatanus — MCCRANIE & HEDGES 2013 
DistributionHonduras (Islas de la Bahía: Roatán, Utila, Cayo Cochino Pequeño), Guatemala (Río Motagua Valley and adjacent coastal plain), eastward across N Honduras to extreme NE Nicaragua, SE Belize; sea level to 400 m elevation

Type locality: Coxen Hole, Isla de Roatán, Islas de la Bahía, Honduras  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 26759 
CommentSynonymy: after MCCRANIE & HEDGES 2013. McCranie (2009), Townsend and Wilson (2010a), and Wilson and Johnson (2010) treated this species as part of Cnemidophorus lemniscatus, but McCranie and Hedges (2013) resurrected it from the synonymy of C. lemniscatus and elevated it to species level.

Distribution: see map in MCCRANIE & HEDGES 2013: 306.

HAbitat: Lowland Moist Forest and Lowland Dry Forest formations, in open areas, such as beach vegetation and along open, gravely or sandy riverbanks. 
  • Barbour, T. 1928. Reptiles from the Bay Islands. Proc. New England Zool. Club 10: 55-61.
  • Burt, C. E. 1931. A study of the teiid lizards of the genus Cnemidophorus with special reference to their phylogenetic relationships. Bull. US Natl. Mus. 154: 286 pp. - get paper here
  • Echternacht, A. C. 1968. Distributional and ecological notes on some reptiles from northern Honduras. Herpetologica 24: 151-58. - 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
  • 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
  • MCCRANIE, JAMES R.; S. BLAIR HEDGES 2013. A review of the Cnemidophorus lemniscatus group in Central America (Squamata: Teiidae), with comments on other species in the group. Zootaxa 3722 (3): 301–316 - get paper here
  • Montgomery, C. E., Reed, R. N., Shaw, H. J., Boback, S. M. & Walker, J. M. 2007. Distribution, habitat, size and color pattern of Cnemidophorus lemniscatus (Sauria: Teiidae) on Cayo Cochino Pequeno, Honduras. Southwestern Naturalist. 51(1): 38-45 - get paper here
  • Solís, J. M., L. D. Wilson, and J. H. Townsend. 2014. An updated list of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with comments on their nomenclature. Mesoamerican Herpetology 1: 123–144 - get paper here
  • Sunyer, Javier 2014. An updated checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Nicaragua. Mesoamerican Herpetology 1 (2): 186–202. - 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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