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Mesoscincus altamirani (DUGÈS, 1891)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Tepalcatepec Skink
S: Eslaboncillo de Tapalcatepec 
SynonymEumeces altamirani DUGÈS 1891
Eumeces altamirani — TAYLOR 1936: 102
Eumeces altamirani — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 163
Eumeces altamirani — LINER 1994
Mesoscinucs altamirani — GRIFFITH, NGO & MURPHY 2000
Mesoscinucs altamirani — SCHMITZ et al. 2004
Mesoscincus altamirani — FLORES-VILLELA et al. 2016: 40 
DistributionMexico (Michoacán, Guerrero)

Type locality: Regiones Cálidas del Estado de Michoacán. Later designated by Dugès as Apatzingán de la Constitución, Michoacán.  
TypesHolotype: MDUG HE 397 = Museo “Alfredo Dugès” in colegio del Estado de Guanajuato in Guanajuato (no number fide SMITH & TAYLOR 1950). Collected by Federico Altamirano. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Taylor 1936: 102 
EtymologyNamed after Federico Altamirano who collected the holotype in Mexico. Altamirano was a pharmacist in Mexico City in the 1870s-1880s and studied plant extracts.
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  • Carbajal-Márquez, R.A., Z. Y. González-Saucedo, G. E. Quintero-Díaz, J.C. Arenas-Monroy y M. A. Domínguez-De la Riva. 2012. Mesoscincus altamirani. Extensión de Distribución para Michoacán. Herpetological Review 43: 618-619 - get paper here
  • Duellman, William E. 1966. The Central American herpetofauna: An ecological perspective. Copeia 1966 (4): 700-719 - get paper here
  • Dugès,A.A.D. 1891. Eumeces altamirani, A. Dug. Naturaleza, Mexico, Ser. 2, 1: 485-486 [1887-1890] - get paper here
  • FLORES-VILLELA, OSCAR; CÉSAR A. RÍOS-MUÑOZ, GLORIA E. MAGAÑA-COTA & NÉSTOR L. QUEZADAS-TAPIA 2016. Alfredo Dugès’ type specimens of amphibians and reptiles revisited. Zootaxa 4092 (1): 033–054 - get paper here
  • Griffith, H., A. Ngo & R. W. Murphy 2000. A cladistic evaluation of the cosmopolitan genus Eumeces Wiegmann (Reptilia, Squamata, Scincidae). Russ. J. Herpetol. 7 (1): 1-16 - get paper here
  • Jiménez-Arcos, Víctor H., Rafael Alejandro Calzada-Arciniega, Cesar Toscano-Flores, Raúl Gómez Trejo-Pérez and Aníbal Helios Díaz de la Vega-Pérez. 2016. Mesoscincus altamirani (Dugès, 1891). Mesoamerican Herpetology 3 (2): 510-511 - get paper here
  • Meik, Jesse M.; Sarah Schaack, Oscar Flores-Villela & Jeffrey W. Streicher 2018. Integrative taxonomy at the nexus of population divergence and speciation in insular speckled rattlesnakes. Journal of Natural History 52: 989-1016; DOI: 10.1080/00222933.2018.1429689 - get paper here
  • Palacios-Aguilar, Ricardo & OSCAR FLORES-VILLELA 2018. An updated checklist of the herpetofauna from Guerrero, Mexico. Zootaxa 4422 (1): 1-24 - get paper here
  • Schmitz, Andreas; Patrick Mausfeld and Dirk Embert 2004. Molecular studies on the genus Eumeces Wiegmann, 1834: phylogenetic relationships and taxonomic implications. Hamadryad 28 (1-2): 73 – 89 - get paper here
  • Taylor, E. H. 1936. A taxonomic study of the cosmopolitan lizards of the genus Eumeces with an account of the distribution and relationship of its species. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 23 (14): 1-643 [1935] - get paper here
  • Taylor, E. H. 1943. Mexican lizards of the genus Eumeces, with comments on the recent literature on the genus. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 29 (5): 269-300 - get paper here
  • Taylor, Edward H. 1936. The rediscovery of the lizard Eumeces altamirani (Dugès) with notes on two other mexican species of the genus. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 49: 55-58 - get paper here
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