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Plestiodon lynxe (WIEGMANN, 1834)

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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 NamesOak Forest Skink 
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
Eumeces lynxe furcirostris — TAYLOR 1943: 272 
DistributionMexico (Hidalgo, Veracruz, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas, Puebla, Aguascalientes, Quéretaro, Guanajuato, Jalisco)

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.

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”  
Reproductionviviparous. 
TypesHolotype: ZMB (lynxe)
Holotype: BMNH 1946.8.18.45 [bellii]
Holotype: ANSP 11327 [furcirostris]
Holotype: KU [durangoensis] 
Diagnosis 
CommentDistribution: (Probably erroneously) reported from Guerrero, Guanajuato, and Michoacán (fide SMITH & TAYLOR 1950).

Subspecies: SMITH & TAYLOR 1950 also list Eumeces furcirostris COPE 1885: 169 as subspecies of E. lynxe, which 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). 
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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