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Mesaspis monticola (COPE, 1878)

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Higher TaxaAnguidae (Gerrhonotinae), Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymGerrhonotus monticolus COPE 1878: 97
Gerrhonotus monticola — BOULENGER 1885: 278
Gerrhonotus alfaroi STEJNEGER 1907: 505
Barisia monticola — TIHEN 1949
Barisia monticola — TIHEN 1954: 11
Barisia monticola — TAYLOR 1956: 208
Gerrhonotus monticolus — WERMUTH 1969: 22
Gerrhonotus monticola — PETERS & DONOSO-BARROS 1970: 125
Mesaspis monticola — VILLA et al. 1988
Mesaspis monticola — GOOD 1988: 85
Mesaspis monticola — KÖHLER 2000: 36
Mesaspis monticola — SOLANO-ZAVALETA et al. 2016 
DistributionCosta Rica, Panama, elevation 8000 to 11,000 feet

Type locality: Pico Blanco, Costa Rica. 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 30591 
EtymologyThe species name, ‘monticola’, is Latin for ‘inhabitant of the mountains’ (Latin “colere” = inhabiting). 
  • Arias, Erick and Gerardo Chaves. 2014. 140 years after William M. Gabb’s climb to Cerro Pico Blanco. Mesoamerican Herpetology 1 (1): 176-180 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Vol. 2, Second edition. London, xiii+497 pp. - get paper here
  • Cope, E.D. 1878. Tenth contribution to the herpetology of Tropical America. Proc. Amer. Philos. Soc. 17: 85-98 [1877] - get paper here
  • Fitch, H. S. 1973. A field study of Costa Rican lizards. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 50:39-126. - get paper here
  • Good, D.A. 1988. Phylogenetic relationships among gerrhonotine lizards; an analysis of external morphology. Univ. California Publ. Zool. 121: 139 pp. - get paper here
  • Köhler, G. 2000. Reptilien und Amphibien Mittelamerikas, Bd 1: Krokodile, Schildkröten, Echsen. Herpeton Verlag, Offenbach, 158 pp.
  • Peters, James A. & Donoso-Barros, Roberto 1970. Catalogue of the Neotropical Squamata: Part II. Lizards and Amphisbaenians. Bull. US Natl. Mus. 297: 293 pp. - get paper here
  • Savage, J.M. 2002. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Herpetofauna Between Two Continents, Between Two Seas. University of Chicago Press, 934 pp. [review in Copeia 2003 (1): 205]
  • Solano-Zavaleta, Israel; Adrián Nieto-Montes de Oca,Jonathan A. Campbell 2016. A New Species of Mesaspis (Squamata: Anguidae) from the High Cuchumatanes of Guatemala Journal of Herpetology 50 (2): 327-336 - get paper here
  • Stejneger,L. 1907. A new Gerrhonotine lizard from Costa Rica. Proc. US Natl. Mus. 32: 505-506 - get paper here
  • Taylor, E. H. 1956. A review of the lizards of Costa Rica. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 38 (part 1): 3-322 - get paper here
  • Tihen, J. A. 1954. Gerrhonotine lizards recently added to the American Museum collection, with further revisions of the genus Abronia. American Museum Novitates (1687): 1-26 - get paper here
  • Tihen, Joe A. 1949. A review of the lizard genus Barisia. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 33 (3): 217-254 - get paper here
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