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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesPlestiodon lynxe lynxe (WIEGMANN 1834)
Plestiodon lynxe bellii GRAY 1845
Plestiodon lynxe furcirostris (COPE 1885) 
Common NamesE: Oak Forest Skink
S: Lincer de los Encinos 
SynonymScincus quinquelineatus var. WIEGMANN 1828: 373 (non LINNAEUS)
Plestiodon quinquelineatum — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 707
Euprepes lynxe WIEGMANN 1834: 36
Plestiodon quinquelineatum — GRAVENHORST 1851: 350
Eumeces lynxe — PETERS 1864: 484
Eumeces lynxe — GÜNTHER 1885: 32
Eumeces lynxe lynxe — TAYLOR 1936: 163
Eumeces lynxe — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 163
Eumeces lynxe — LINER 1994
Eumeces lynxe — GRIFFITH, NGO & MURPHY 2000
Plestiodon lynxe — SCHMITZ et al. 2004
Plestiodon lynxe — CRUZ-SÁENZ et al. 2017

Plestiodon lynxe bellii GRAY 1845
Plestiodon bellii GRAY 1845: 92
Eumeces bellii — BOULENGER 1887: 378
Plestiodon bellii — SMITH & ETHERIDGE 1953
Eumeces lynxe durangoensis TANNER 1958: 57
Eumeces lynxe bellii — PARKER 1960
Eumeces lynxe bellii — WEBB 1984

Plestiodon lynxe furcirostris COPE 1885
Eumeces furcirostris COPE 1885: 169
Eumeces lynxe furcirostris — TAYLOR 1936: 173
Eumeces lynxe furcirostris — TAYLOR 1943: 272
Eumeces lynxe furcirostris — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950 
DistributionMexico (Hidalgo, Veracruz, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas, Puebla, Aguascalientes, Quéretaro, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Nayarit)

lynxe: Hidalgo, Veracruz, San Luis Potosí, Puebla. Type locality: “specimena nostra prope chico invenit Deppe”. Very probably from El Chico (or Mineral El Chico) near Pachuca, Hidalgo, to where SMITH & TAYLOR 1950 restricted the type locality. Also given as Chioco, Mexico.

bellii: Mexico (Durango, Zacatecas);Type locality: originally not given; restricted to “15 miles east of Poza Rica, Veracruz” by SMITH & ETHERIDGE 1953.

furcirostris: Puebla, CN Veracruz, possibly E Hidalgo. Type locality: “Mexico, Vera Cruz, Jalapa”  
TypesSyntype: ZMB 1271, collected F. Deppe. Whereabouts of the juvenile syntype unknown (see Bauer et al., 2003).
Holotype: BMNH 1946.8.18.45 [bellii]
Holotype: ANSP 11327 [furcirostris]
Holotype: KU [durangoensis] 
CommentDistribution: (Probably erroneously) reported from Guerrero, Guanajuato, and Michoacán (fide SMITH & TAYLOR 1950).

Subspecies: Eumeces lynxe furcirostris is not listed as such by LINER 1994.

Type species: Plestiodon quinquelineatum DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 707) is the type species of the genus Plestiodon DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839 (fide McCranie 2018: 365).

Morphology: Griffith 1990 compares the number or presacral vertebrae across 18 species of Eumeces (now Plestiodon).

Key: GARCÍA-VÁZQUEZ et al. 2021 provide a key to the Plestiodon brevirostris group (see P. brevirostris for list). 
EtymologyThe generic name Plestiodon is derived from the Greek words pleos (full, full of) and odous (tooth). The name apparently alludes to the numerous teeth of these lizards.

The specific name lynxe is derived from a Greek word for "wildcat," perhaps in reference to its quick, catlike movements (Lemos-Espinal & Dixon 2013). 
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