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Coleonyx variegatus (BAIRD, 1858)

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Higher TaxaEublepharidae, Sauria (lizards: geckos) 
SubspeciesColeonyx variegatus abbotti KLAUBER 1945
Coleonyx variegatus bogerti KLAUBER 1945
Coleonyx variegatus sonoriensis KLAUBER 1945
Coleonyx variegatus utahensis KLAUBER 1945
Coleonyx variegatus variegatus (BAIRD 1858) 
Common NamesE: Western Banded Gecko
abbotti: San Diego Banded Gecko
bogerti: Tucson Banded Gecko
sonoriensis: Sonoran Banded Gecko
utahensis: Utah Banded Gecko
variegatus: Desert Banded Gecko
G: Gebänderter Wüstengecko, Krallengecko 
SynonymStenodactylus variegatus BAIRD 1858: 254
Coleonyx variegatus — COPE 1867: 85
Eublepharis variegatus — BOULENGER 1885: 233
Coleonyx variegatus slevini KLAUBER 1945 (fide GRISMER 1999)
Coleonyx variegatus — STEBBINS 1985: 110
Coleonyx variegatus — KLUGE 1993
Coleonyx variegatus — RÖSLER 2000: 63
Coleonyx variegatus — SEUFER et al. 2005
Coleonyx variegatus — CROTHER et al. 2012

Coleonyx variegatus abbotti KLAUBER 1945
Coleonyx variegatus abbotti KLAUBER 1945: 154
Coleonyx variegatus peninsularis KLAUBER 1945: 160 (GRISMER et al 1994)
Coleonyx variegatus peninsularis — LEVITON & BANTA 1964
Coleonyx variegatus abbotti — RÖSLER 2000: 63
Coleonyx variegatus abbotti — CROTHER et al. 2012

Coleonyx variegatus bogerti KLAUBER 1945
Coleonyx variegatus bogerti — CROTHER et al. 2012

Coleonyx variegatus utahensis KLAUBER 1945
Coleonyx variegatus utahensis — CROTHER et al. 2012

Coleonyx variegatus variegatus (BAIRD 1858)
Coleonyx variegatus variegatus — CROTHER et al. 2012 
DistributionUSA (S California, SC Arizona, SW New Mexico, Utah/Arizona/Nevada),
Mexico (NW Baja California, Sonora)

abbotti: S California, south to the west slope of the San Pedro Martir Mountains of Lower California, Mexico; Type locality: Proctor Valley, San Diego County, California.

bogerti: Arizona; type locality: Xavier, Pima County, Arizona.

slevini: endemic to Isla Santa Inez in the Gulf of California, Mexico; type locality: South Santa Inez Island (Lat. 27° N.) on the Gulf of California coast of Lower California, Mexico.

sonoriensis: Mexico (Sonora); type locality: 5 miles southeast of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.

utahensis: Utah; type locality: Watercress Spring, Washington County, Utah.

Type locality: Rio Grande und Gila Valleys. Restricted to Winterhaven, California by SMITH & TAYLOR 1950. 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.
 
TypesHolotype: USNM 3217 (lost fide KLAUBER 1945) (variegatus)
Holotype: SDSNH 34790; paratypes SDSNH [abbotti]
Holotype: SDSNH 32486; no paratypes [bogerti]
Holotype: MCZ [peninsularis]
Holotype: SDSNH 35792; paratypes SDSNH 36021-36024 [utahensis]
Holotype: CAS 51697 [slevini]
Holotype: UMMZ [sonoriensis] 
CommentSynonymy: GRISMER (1999) synonymized Coleonyx variegatus slevini with the nominate form based on scale counts: slevini has 3-5 postmental scales and adjacent peninsular populations of C. variegatus have 4-7. Also, slevini has 5-7 dark body bands and adjacent peninsular C. variegatus has 4-6. 
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