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Petrosaurus thalassinus (COPE, 1863)

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Higher TaxaPhrynosomatidae, Sceloporinae; Iguania, Sauria (lizards) 
Common NamesE: Baja California Rock Lizard
G: Blauer Felsenleguan 
SynonymUta thalassina COPE 1863
Uta thalassina —VAN DENBURGH 1895
Petrosaurus thalassinus — BOULENGER 1885: 205
Uta repens VAN DENBURGH 1895: 102
Petrosaurus thalassinus — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 90
Petrosaurus thalassinus — STEBBINS 1985: 239
Petrosaurus thalassinus — LINER 1994
Petrosaurus thalassinus — LINER 2007 
DistributionMexico (Cape Region, Islas Espíritu Santo and Partida Sur)

repens: Holotype: C.A.S. 633; Comondu, Baja California, Mexico; W. E. Bryant, April, 1889.

Type locality: Cape San Lucas, Baja California. 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 5302 
CommentPetrosaurus thalassinus repens has been elevated to full species status (HR 27: 153 and GRISMER 1999). 
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  • 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
  • Burré, G. 2004. Auf der Suche nach dem Blauen Felsenleguan. Iguana Rundschreiben 17 (1): 25-28
  • Cope, E.D. 1864. Descriptions of new American Squamata in the Museum of the Smtihsonian Institution. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 15 [1863]: 100-106 - get paper here
  • Dickhoff, A. 2003. Petrosaurus thalassinus (COPE 1863) - der Blaue Felsenleguan. Reptilia (Münster) 8 (41): 72-79 - get paper here
  • Hernandez-Gallegos, Oswaldo; Casas-Andreu, Gustavo; Rodriguez-Romero, Felipe; Mendez, Fausto R. 2004. Petrosaurus repens (Central Baja California banded Rock Lizard). Scale Variation. Herpetological Review 35 (4):394-395 - get paper here
  • Jennings M R 1990. Petrosaurus Boulenger. Rock lizards. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles 494: 1-2 - get paper here
  • Jennings,M.R. 1990. Petrosaurus thalassinus. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles No. 496: 1-3 - get paper here
  • Jungnickel, J. 2004. Notizen zur Fortpflanzung des Felsenleguans Petrosaurus repens (VAN DENBURGH, 1895). Sauria, Berlin 26 (2): 3-7 - get paper here
  • Kober, I. & Geissel, U. 2006. Welcher Typ passt zu mir? Die verschiedenen Lampen in der Terraristik. Terraria 1 (1): 17-21
  • Kracht, M. 2004. Erfahrungen bei der Zucht von Petrosaurus repens. Iguana Rundschreiben 17 (2): 14
  • Leviton, Alan E.; Banta, Benjamin H. 1964. Midwinter reconnaissance of the herpetofauna of the Cape Region of Baja California, Mexico. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 30 (7): 127-156 - get paper here
  • Liner, Ernest A. 2007. A CHECKLIST OF THE AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES OF MEXICO. Louisiana State University Occasional Papers of the Museum of Natural Science 80: 1-60
  • Stebbins,R.C. 1985. A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians, 2nd ed. Houghton Mifflin, Boston
  • Van Denburgh,J. 1895. A review of the herpetology of Lower California. Part I - Reptiles. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (2) 5: 71-163
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