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Gambelia copeii (YARROW, 1882)

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Higher TaxaCrotaphytidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Cope's Leopard Lizard
S: Cachorón Leopard de Baja California 
SynonymCrotaphytus copeii YARROW 1882: 441
Crotaphytus copii — GARMAN 1884: 16
Gambelia wislizeni copei — BANTA & TANNER 1968
Gambelia wislizeni neseotes BANTA & TANNER 1968
Gambelia wislizeni copeii — BOSTIC 1971
Gambelia wislizenii copeii — LINER 1994
Gambelia wislizenii copei — GRISMER et al. 1994
Gambelia copeii — MCGUIRE 1996
Gambelia copeii — CROTHER 2000
Gambelia copeii — COLLINS & TAGGART 2009
Gambelia copeii — HEIMES 2022 
DistributionUSA (extreme S California)
Mexico (Baja California, Cedros Island)

Type locality: La Paz, Baja California  
TypesHolotype: USNM 12663
Holotype: CAS 79872 [neseotes] 
EtymologyNamed after Edward Drinker Cope (1840-1897), American herpetologist. See Osborn 1929 and Vetter 2003 for biographical notes. 
  • Banta, Benjamin H. and Wilmer W. Tanner 1968. The systematics of Crotaphytus wislizeni, the leopard lizards (Sauria: Iguanidae). Part II. A review of the status of the Baja California Peninsular populations and a description of a new subspecies from Cedros Island. Great Basin Naturalist 28 (4):183-194 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Bostic, D. L. 1971. Herpetofauna of the Pacific Coast of north central Baja California, Mexico, with a description of a new subspecies of Phyllodactylus xanti. Transactions of the San Diego Society of Natural History, 16:237—263 - get paper here
  • Collins, J.T. and T. W. Taggart 2009. Standard Common and Current Scientific Names for North American Amphibians, Turtles, Reptiles, and Crocodilians, Sixth Edition. Center for North American Herpetology, 48 pp.
  • 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
  • Garman,Samuel 1884. The North American reptiles and batrachians. A list of the species occuring north of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, with references. Bull. Essex Inst. 16: 1-46 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L. L.; McGuire, J. A.; Hollingsworth, B. D. 1994. A report on the herpetofauna of the Vizcaino Peninsula, Baja California, Mexico, with a discussion of its biogeographic and taxonomic implications. Bull. Southern California Acad. Sci. 93 (2): 45-80
  • Heimes, P. 2022. LIZARDS OF MEXICO - Part 1 Iguanian lizards. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt Am Main, 448 pp.
  • 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
  • Mahrdt, C. R.; James A. McGuire & Kent R. Beaman 2010. Gambelia copeii (Cope's Leopard Lizard). Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles (871): - get paper here
  • McGuire, J. A. 1996. Phylogenetic systematics of crotaphytid lizards (Reptilia: Iguania: Crotaphytidae). Bulletin of Carnegie Museum of Natural History 32: 1-142 - get paper here
  • Osborn, H. F. 1929. Biographical memoir of Edward Drinker Cope 1840-1897. National Academy of Sciences 13: 127-317 (1930?)
  • Peralta-García A, Valdez-Villavicencio JH, Fucsko LA, Hollingsworth BD, Johnson JD, Mata-Silva V, Rocha A, DeSantis DL, Porras LW, and Wilson LD. 2023. The herpetofauna of the Baja California Peninsula and its adjacent islands, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation status. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 17(1&2): 57–142
  • Stebbins, R. C. and S. M. McGinnis 2012. Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of California. Revised edition. University of California Press. Berkeley, CA, 552 pp. [ISBN 9780520244665] [review in Copeia, 2013(4):785-786] - get paper here
  • Switak, Karl-Heinz 2014. Der Leopard unter den Reptilien. Terraria-Elaphe 2014 (2): 26-33 - get paper here
  • Thomson, Robert C.; Amber N. Wright & H. Bradley Shaffer 2016. California Amphibian and Reptile Species of Special Concern. University of California Press - get paper here
  • Van Denburgh,J. 1895. A review of the herpetology of Lower California. Part I - Reptiles. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (2) 5: 77-163 - get paper here
  • Vetter, H. 2003. Edward Drinker Cope (1840-1897). Sekretär 3 (2): 21-30 - get paper here
  • Yarrow, H.C. 1882. Description of new species of reptiles and amphibians in the US National Museum. Proc. US Natl. Mus. 5: 438-443 - get paper here
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