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Crotaphytus grismeri MCGUIRE, 1994

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Higher TaxaCrotaphytidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Sierra los Cucapas Collared Lizard
S: Cachorón de Sierra de los Cucapas 
SynonymCrotaphytus grismeri MCGUIRE 1994
Crotaphytus grismeri — FLORES-VILLELA & CANSECO-MÁRQUEZ 2004 
DistributionMexico (Sierra de Los Cucapas and contiguous Sierra El Mayor, Baja California)

Type locality: Cañón David, a low pass that separates the contiguous Sierra de Los Cumpás and Sierra El Mayor,
approximately 2 km W. Mex. Hwy. 5 on the dirt road to the sulfur mine (turnoff at KM 49 S. Mexicali), Baja California, México.  
TypesHolotype: CES 067-629. 
DiagnosisThis species is distinguished from all other Crotaphytus by its small adult size, green pigmentation within the pale bar separating the anterior and posterior collars, a dull orange colored tail and hind limbs in subadult females, a unique hind limb color pattern, and a well demarcated, pale tan dorsal caudal stripe in juveniles of both sexes.

For a more detailed diagnosis see (McGuire 1996: 83). 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Larry Lee Grismer (b. 1955), American herpetologist who took his bachelor's (1981) and master's degrees (1986) at San Diego State University and obtained his doctorate from Loma Linda University (1994). He joined the faculty of La Sierra University, California (1994). 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - 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
  • Lipfert, J. 2004. Halsbandleguane (die Gattung Crotaphytus). Natur und Tier Verlag (Münster), 64 pp. - get paper here
  • McGuire J A. 1994. A new species of collared lizard (Iguania: Crotaphytidae) from northeastern Baja California, Mexico. Herpetologica 50 (4): 438-450. - get paper here
  • Villegas-Patraca R, Aguilar-López JL, Hernández-Hernández JC, Muñoz-Jiménez O 2022. Diversity and conservation of terrestrial vertebrates (birds, mammals, and reptiles) of Sierra Cucapá, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. ZooKeys 1088: 17-39 - get paper here
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