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Sceloporus acanthinus BOCOURT, 1873

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Higher TaxaPhrynosomatidae, Sceloporinae; Iguania, Sauria (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesBocourt's Spiny Lizard 
SynonymSceloporus acanthinus BOCOURT 1873
Sceloporus torquatus MÜLLER 1878 (fide SMITH 1939)
Sceloporus acanthinus — BOULENGER 1885: 221
Sceloporus guentheri STEJNEGER 1918 (SMITH 1939)
Sceloporus acanthinus — SMITH 1939: 74
Sceloporus malachiticus acanthinus — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 108
Sceloporus acanthinus — LINER 1994
Sceloporus acanthinus — KÖHLER 2000: 85
Sceloporus acanthinus — WIENS et a. 2010 
DistributionMexico (E Chiapas), Guatemala, El Salvador ?

guentheri: Type Locality: "Mexico," restricted to La Esperanza, Chiapas, Mexico, by Smith and Taylor (1950).

Type locality: San Augustín, near Volcán de Atitlán, Guatemala, elevation 610 m. 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.
 
TypesSyntypes: MNHN 3602, MNHN 3602A
Type: BMNH 1946.8.10.5 (formerly 1857.7.31.38) collected by M. Sallé [guentheri] 
CommentNot listed for El Salvador by KÖHLER (2000). Specimens referred to S. acanthinus by BOULENGER (1897) mostly belong to S. formosus formosus and S. f. scitulus or to S. mucronatus omiltemanus, S. serrifer plioporus, and S. malachiticus (fide SMITH et al. 2000). Illustration in Iguana Rundschreiben 16 (1): back cover. 
EtymologyNamed after the Greek “akanthinos”, meaning "thorny," applied in reference to the bristly appearance of the lizard, due to the elongate spines of the dorsal scales. 
References
  • Bocourt,M.F. 1874. Deux notes sur quelques sauriens de l'Amérique tropicale. Ann. Sci. Nat. Zool. Paris (5) 19 (4): 1-5 [1873] - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Vol. 2, Second edition. London, xiii+497 pp. - get paper here
  • Boulenger,G.A. 1897. A revision of the lizards of the genus Sceloporus. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1897: 474-522 - get paper here
  • Köhler, G. 2000. Reptilien und Amphibien Mittelamerikas, Bd 1: Krokodile, Schildkröten, Echsen. Herpeton Verlag, Offenbach, 158 pp.
  • Schaefer, F. 1901. Über die Schenkelporen der Lacertilier. Zool. Anz. 24: 308-309 - get paper here
  • Smith, H. M. 1939. The Mexican and Central American lizards of the genus Sceloporus. Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Zool. Ser. 26: 1-397. - get paper here
  • Smith, Hobart M. McCarthy, C. and David Chiszar 2000. Some enigmatic identifications in Boulenger’s 1897 Sceloporus monograph (Reptilia: Sauria). Bull. Maryland Herp. Soc. 36 (4): 124-132
  • Smith, Hobart M.; Chiszar, D. & Humphrey, R. 2001. The distribution of Sceloporus acanthinus (Reptilia: Sauria) and its relationships. Bull. Maryland Herp. Soc. 37 (1): 3-9
  • Stejneger, L. 1918. Description of a new Snapping turtle and a new lizard from Florida. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 31: 89-92 - get paper here
  • Stuart,L.C. 1971. Comments on the malachite Sceloporus (Reptilia: Sauria: Iguanidae) of Southern México and Guatemala. Herpetologica 27: 235-39. - get paper here
  • Wiens, John J.; Caitlin A. Kuczynski, Saad Arif & Tod W. Reeder 2010. PHYLOGENETIC RELATIONSHIPS OF PHRYNOSOMATID LIZARDS BASED ON NUCLEAR AND MITOCHONDRIAL DATA, AND A REVISED PHYLOGENY FOR SCELOPORUS. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 54: 150-161 - get paper here
 
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