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Plestiodon colimensis (TAYLOR, 1935)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Colima Skink
S: Eslaboncillo de Colima 
SynonymEumeces colimensis TAYLOR 1935
Eumeces colimensis — TAYLOR 1936: 478
Eumeces colimensis — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 169
Eumeces colimensis — DIXON 1969: 20
Eumeces colimensis — LINER 1994
Eumeces colimensis — GRIFFITH, NGO & MURPHY 2000
Plestiodon colimensis — SCHMITZ et al. 2004 
DistributionMexico (Colima, Sinaloa)

Type locality: Colima, Colima.  
TypesHolotype: FMNH 1649 (Chicago Nat. Hist. Mus.) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A medium-sized species belonging to the skiltonianusbrevirostris group, characterized by broad dorsolateral light lines originating on the rostral and continuing to tail, and a lateral line, probably distinct in young but dim or obsolete in adult; no median line and no bifurcating lines on the head. One postmental; no postnasal; frontal in contact with interparietal; parietals enclosing the interparietal; seven upper labials, last largest, forming a suture with the upper secondary temporal, the primary temporal wanting (possibly abnormally fused with the upper secondary); lower secondary, and tertiary temporals present; ear of normal size; limbs well-developed, strongly overlapping when adpressed [from TAYLOR 1935]. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • BRANDLEY, MATTHEW C.; OTA, HIDETOSHI; HIKIDA, TSUTOMU; NIETO MONTES DE OCA, ADRIAN; FERIA-ORTIZ, MANUEL; GUO, XIANGUANG; WANG, YUEZHAO 2012. The phylogenetic systematics of blue-tailed skinks (Plestiodon) and the family Scincidae. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 165 (1): 163-189 - get paper here
  • Bryson, R. W., Linkem, C. W., Pavón-Vázquez, C. J., Nieto-Montes de Oca, A., Klicka, J. and McCormack, J. E. 2017. A phylogenomic perspective on the biogeography of skinks in the Plestiodon brevirostris group inferred from target enrichment of ultraconserved elements. J. Biogeogr.. doi:10.1111/jbi.12989 - get paper here
  • Dixon, J.R. 1969. Taxonomic review of the Mexican skinks of the Eumeces brevirostris group. Contributions in Science, Los Angeles County Museum (168): 30 pp. - get paper here
  • Feria-Ortiz, Manuel & Garcia-Vázquez, Uri Omar 2012. A new species of Plestiodon (Squamata: Scincidae) from Sierra Madre del Sur of Guerrero, México. Zootaxa 3339: 57–68 - 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
  • Hardy, L.M., & McDiarmid, R.W. 1969. The amphibians and reptiles of Sinaloa, Mexico. Univ. Kansas Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist. 18 (3): 39-252. - get paper here
  • Lemos-Espinal JA, Smith GR 2020. A checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Sinaloa, Mexico with a conservation status summary and comparisons with neighboring states. ZooKeys 931: 85-114 - get paper here
  • Lemos-Espinal JA, Smith GR, Pierce LJS, Painter CW 2020. The amphibians and reptiles of Colima, Mexico, with a summary of their conservation status. ZooKeys 927: 99-125 - 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
  • Smith, H.M. & Taylor,E.H. 1950. An annotated checklist and key to the reptiles of Mexico exclusive of the snakes. Bull. US Natl. Mus. 199: 1-253 - 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. 1935. A new skink from Mexico. Zoological Series of Field Museum of Natural History 20 (10): 77-80 - get paper here
  • Webb, R.G. 1984. Herpetogeography in the Mazatlán-Durango Region of the Sierra Madre Occidental, Mexico. Vetrebrate Ecology and Systematics - A ribute to Henry S. Fitch; Museum of Natural History, University of Kansas, Lawrence, pp. 217-241
  • Webb, Robert G. 1959. Eumeces colimensis (Sauria, Scincidae), in Sinaloa, Mexico. Southwestern Naturalist 4 (1): 42 - get paper here
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