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Plestiodon dicei (RUTHVEN & GAIGE, 1933)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymEumeces dicei RUTHVEN & GAIGE 1933
Eumeces dicei — TAYLOR 1936: 482
Eumeces dicei — TAYLOR 1943: 280
Eumeces dicei — MARTIN 1958
Eumeces brevirostris dicei — DIXON 1969: 16
Eumeces brevirostris dicei — KLUGE 1984
Plestiodon brevirostris dicei — LINER 2007
Plestiodon dicei — FERIA-ORTIZ et al. 2011
Plestiodon dicei —  FERIA-ORTIZ & GARCÍA-VÁZQUEZ 2012
Plestiodon dicei — BRANDLEY et al. 2012 
DistributionMexico (Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila)

Type locality: Marmolejo, Tamaulipas.  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesHolotype: UMMZ 
Diagnosis 
CommentSubspecies: FERIA-ORTIZ et al. 2011 provide evidence that P. b. brevirostris, P. b. bilineatus, P. b. dicei, and the eastern populations of P. b indubitus (from Morelos, Guerrero, and México) represent distinct species, whereas the western populations of P. b. indubitus (from Colima and Jalisco) represent an undescribed species. The data cannot resolve whether P. b. pineus is conspecific with P. b. dicei or P. b. dicei is a paraphyletic ( = nonexclusive) species relative to an exclusive P. b. pineus. Thus, the status of P. b. pineus remains uncertain. The haplotype phylogeny also suggests that P. b. brevirostris may represent more than one species. BRANDLEY et al. (2012) showed that bilineatus, dicei, and indubitus are paraphyletic with respect to other species and thus need to be split up. 
Etymology 
References
  • 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. Los Angeles County Museum Contributions in Science (168): 30 pp. - get paper here
  • Dunn, Emmett Reid 1936. The amphibians and reptiles of the Mexican Expedition of 1934. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 88: 471-477 - 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
  • Feria-Ortiz, Manuel; Norma L. Manríquez-Morán, and Adrián Nieto-Montes de Oca 2011. Species Limits Based on mtDNA and Morphological Data in the Polytypic Species Plestiodon brevirostris (Squamata: Scincidae). Herpetological Monographs 25 (1): 25-51 - get paper here
  • Fugler, Charles M.;Webb, Robert G. 1956. Distributional notes on some reptiles and amphibians from southern and central Coahuila. Herpetologica 12: 167-171 - get paper here
  • Lazcano, D., R. Quirino-Olvera, M. Nevárez de los Reyes and J. Banda-Leal 2017. Notes on Mexican Herpetofauna 29: Association of Herpetofauna with Sotols and Beargrasses in the State of Nuevo León, Mexico. Bull. Chicago Herp. Soc. 52: 17 - 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 - get paper here
  • Martin, Plul S. 1958. A biogeography of reptiles and amphibians in the Gomez Farias Region, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Miscellaneous publications, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan (101): 1-102 + 7 plates - get paper here
  • Ruthven, Alexander G.;Gaige, Helen T. 1933. A new skink from Mexico. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan (260): 1-3
  • 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
  • Terán-Juárez, Sergio A., Elí García Padilla, Vicente Mata-Silva, Jerry D. Johnson and Larry David Wilson. 2016. The herpetofauna of Tamaulipas, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation status. Mesoamerican Herpetology 3 (1): 43–113 - get paper here
 
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