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Plestiodon obsoletus BAIRD & GIRARD, 1852

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Sauria (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesGreat Plains Skink 
SynonymPlestiodon obsoletum BAIRD & GIRARD 1852
Eumeces obsoletus — COPE 1875: 45
Eumeces obsoletus — TAYLOR 1936: 305
Lamprosaurus guttulatus HALLOWELL 1852: 206
Eumeces obsoletus — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 165
Eumeces obsoletus — STEBBINS 1985: 146
Eumeces obsoletus — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 131
Eumeces obsoletus — LINER 1994
Eumeces obsoletus — GRIFFITH, NGO & MURPHY 2000
Plestiodon obsoletus — SCHMITZ et al. 2004 
DistributionUSA (E Colorado, S Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona),
Mexico (NE Sonora, N/E Chihuahua, Coahuila, N Nuevo Leon, N Tamaulipas)

Type locality: “Valley of the Rio San Pedro of the Rio Grande del Norte”, now Devils River, Texas. Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
TypesHolotype: USNM 3133 
CommentSynonymy after SMITH & TAYLOR 1950.

Reproduction: oviparous. 
References
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