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Plestiodon multilineatus (TANNER, 1957)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Chihuahuan Skink
S: Eslaboncillo 
SynonymEumeces multilineatus TANNER 1957
Eumeces multivirgatus mexicanus ANDERSON & WILHOFT 1959
Eumeces multilineatus — LINER 1994
Eumeces multilineatus — GRIFFITH, NGO & MURPHY 2000
Plestiodon multilineatus — SCHMITZ et al. 2004 
DistributionMexico (Chihuahua)

Type locality: 3 miles north of Colonia Chuhuichupa, Chihuahua, Mexico.  
TypesHolotype: BYU 13798; paratypes: BYU, USNM
Holotype: MVZ 66061, adult male [mexicanus] 
DiagnosisDefinition: A moderately-sized species (maximum SVL 70 mm) with 24 (rarely 25) scale rows, 52-59 (mean 55.5) dorsal scales between the nape of the neck and the base of the tail, supralabials 7-7, infralabials 6-6, no postnasals, usually one elongate postlabial extending to ear lobules, frontonasal nearly twice as wide as long, prefrontals usually in contact or narrowly separated, interparietal not enclosed posteriorly by parietals, two pairs of nuchals, two post mentals with the second greatly enlarged, four enlarged chin shields, and an enlarged median row of subcaudals. The color pattern consists of five longitudinal light stripes over a dark ground color. The dorsal stripe occurs on the inner third of the two median dorsal scale rows and extends uninterrupted to the anterior part of the tail, followed laterally by dark stripes on the lateral third of the dorsal scale rows. The scales between the dorsolateral and lateral light stripes are a uniform dark brown to black. The two dorsolateral light stripes extend from the lateral edge of the parietal along the lateral edge of the third scale row. The two narrow lateral light stripes extend along the edge of the sixth scale row, edged below by a narrow dark stripe. The labials, chinshields, anterior gular scales, and the scales in the anal are cream colored, and the ventral scales are mottled grey. (Tanner 1988) 
CommentSynonymy partly after LEGLER & WEBB 1960. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin multi = "many," and lineatus = "marked with lines", referring to the many-lined color pattern. 
  • Anderson, James D.;Wilhoft, Daniel C. 1959. A new subspecies of Eumeces multivirgatus from Mexico. Copeia 1959 (1): 57-60 - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jones, L.L. & Lovich, R.E. 2009. Lizards of the American Southwest. A photographic field guide. Rio Nuevo Publishers, Tucson, AZ, 568 pp. [review in Reptilia 86: 84] - get paper here
  • Legler, John M.;Webb, Robert G. 1960. Noteworthy records of skinks (genus Eumeces) from northwestern Mexico. Southwestern Naturalist 5 (1): 16-20 - get paper here
  • Rodríguez-Robles, Javier A., Good, David A., Wake, David B. 2003. Brief History of Herpetology in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, with a List of Type Specimens of Recent Amphibians and Reptiles. UC Publications in Zoology, 119 pp. - 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
  • Tanner, W W 1988. Eumeces multilineatus Tanner. Chihuahua skink. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles ( 446: 1 - get paper here
  • Tanner, W.W. 1987. Lizards and turtles of Western Chihuahua. Great Basin Naturalist. 47: 383-421 - get paper here
  • Tanner, Wilmer W. 1957. A new skink of the multivirgatus group from Chihuahua. Great Basin Naturalist 17 (3-4): 111-117 - get paper here
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