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Plestiodon copei (TAYLOR, 1933)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesCope's Skink 
SynonymEumeces copei TAYLOR 1933
Eumeces copei — TAYLOR 1936: 387
Eumeces copei — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 166
Eumeces copei — DIXON 1969: 17
Eumeces copei — LINER 1994
Eumeces copei — GRIFFITH, NGO & MURPHY 2000
Plestiodon copei — SCHMITZ et al. 2004 
DistributionMexico (Puebla, Distrito Federal, Morelos, Michoacán, México)

Type locality: Ten miles southeast of Asunción, in the western part of the state of Mexico.  
Reproductionviviparous. 
TypesHolotype: FMNH 100120, formerly EHT-HMS 29717 
Comment 
EtymologyNamed after Edward Drinker Cope (1840-1897), American herpetologist. 
References
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  • 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
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  • Dixon, J.R. 1969. Taxonomic review of the Mexican skinks of the Eumeces brevirostris group. Los Angeles County Museum Contributions in Science (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
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