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Coleonyx elegans GRAY, 1845

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Higher TaxaEublepharidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos) 
SubspeciesColeonyx elegans nemoralis KLAUBER 1945
Coleonyx elegans elegans GRAY 1845 
Common NamesE: Yucatan Banded Gecko
G: Mexikanischer Krallengecko, Gebänderter Yukatan-Gecko 
SynonymColeonyx elegans GRAY 1845: 162
Gymnodactylus scapularis DUMÉRIL & DUMÉRIL 1851
Coleonyx coleonyx DUMÉRIL 1856
Coleonyx elegans — BOULENGER 1885: 235
Coleonyx elegans — GAIGE 1936
Coleonyx elegans — KLUGE 1993
Coleonyx elegans — RÖSLER 1995: 62
Coleonyx elegans — KÖHLER 2000: 47
Coleonyx elegans — SEUFER et al. 2005
Coleonyx elegans — MATA-SILVA et al. 2015

Coleonyx elegans nemoralis KLAUBER 1945
Coleonyx elegans nemoralis — WERMUTH 1965: 18
Coleonyx elegans nemoralis — RÖSLER 2000: 63
Coleonyx elegans nemoralis — CASTRO-FRANCO & BUSTOS-ZAGAL 2003
Coleonyx elegans nemoralis — MONTALBÁN et al. 2012 
DistributionMexico (Yucatan, Campeche, Jalisco, San Luis Potosí), Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador

elegans: S Mexico (Veracruz, Oaxaca, Tabasco, Yucatan, Chiapas, Quintana Roo), south to N Guatemala. Type locality: Belize, British H onduras.

nemoralis: SW Mexico (Colima, Michoacán, Guerrero, Morelos). Type locality: Hacienda Paso del rio, Cólima, Mexico. Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 
CommentDistribution: Has been reported for Honduras. Not listed for Honduras by KÖHLER (2000). Not listed for Honduras by WILSON & MCCRANIE (2002).

Type species: Coleonyx elegans GRAY 1845 is the type species of the genus Coleonyx GRAY 1845.

Diagnosis. Elegans elegans differs from brevis, fasciatus, and variegatus and its subspecies, in having tubercular scales scattered profuse!y among the smaller granules of the dorsum. From mitratus it differs in having langer scales sheathing the claws, and in the possession of a more triangular mental and first infralabials. The postnasal depression is more evident in elegans than in mitratus. Elegans elegans differs from e. nemoralis in having the upper prenasals more ccmplete!y in contact, and in the greater profusion of the dorsal and lateral tubercles [from KLAUBER 1945: 191]. 
EtymologyThe generic name was derived from the Greek words koleos, meaning “sheath”, and onyx, meaning "nail, talon, or claw," in reference to the sheathed claws of this genus. The species is named after the Latin adjective elegans, meaning "choice elegant, tasteful”, in reference to the beautiful color pattern (Lemos-Espinal & Dixon 2013). 
References
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  • Montalbán H., C. A., H. Juárez O. & R. Castro-Franco. 2012. New records of the banded gecko of Colima Coleonyx elegans nemoralis Klauber 1945 (Sauria: Eublepharidae) in Morelos, Mexico. [in Spanish]. Acta Zoológica Mexicana (n. s.) 28(2): 479-481
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