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Sceloporus arenicolus DEGENHARDT & JONES, 1972

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Higher TaxaPhrynosomatidae, Sceloporinae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Dunes Sagebrush Lizard 
SynonymSceloporus graciosus arenicolous [sic] DEGENHARDT & JONES 1972
Sceloporus graciosus arenicolus — SMITH & SMITH 1976
Sceloporus graciosus arenicolus — STEBBINS 1985: 134
Sceloporus graciosus arenicolus — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 109
Sceloporus arenicolus — COLLINS 1991
Sceloporus graciosus arenicolus — SMITH et al. 1992
Sceloporus graciosus arenicolus — BARTLETT & BARTLETT 1999: 222
Sceloporus arenicolus — CROTHER 2000
Sceloporus arenicolus — COLLINS & TAGGART 2009 
DistributionUSA (Texas: sand dune areas from Andrews to Carane counties; New Mexico: Mescalero Sands).

Type Locality: Mescalero Sands, 3 1/2 mi N and 44 mi E Roswell, Chaves Co., New Mexico.  
TypesHolotype: MSB (also as MSWB) 23621, collected by K. L. Jones, 27 April 1968. Paratypes: TNHC 
EtymologyNamed after the Latin noun arena, "sand," and adjective -cola, "dweller," refer to the habitat where the species lives. 
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  • CHAN, LAUREN M.; JAMES W. ARCHIE, ANNE D. YODER, LEE A. FITZGERALD 2013. Review of the systematic status of Sceloporus arenicolus Degenhardt and Jones, 1972 with an estimate of divergence time. Zootaxa 3664 (3): 312–320 [erratum in] - get paper here
  • Chan, Lauren M.; Lee A. Fitzgerald & Kelly R. Zamudio 2009. The scale of genetic differentiation in the Dunes Sagebrush-Lizard (Sceloporus arenicolus), an endemic habitat specialist. Conservation Genetics 10:131–142 - get paper here
  • Collins J T 1991. Viewpoint: a new taxonomic arrangement for some North American amphibians and reptiles. Herpetological Review 22 (2): 42-43 - get paper here
  • Collins, J.T. and T. W. Taggart 2009. Standard Common and Current Scientific Names for North American Amphibians, Turtles, Reptiles, and Crocodilians, Sixth Edition. Center for North American Herpetology, 48 pp.
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  • Cooper Jr., W.E.; Vitt, L.J.; Caldwell, J.P. & Fox, S.F. 2005. Relationships among foraging variables, phylogeny, and foraging modes, with new data for nine North American lizard species. Herpetologica 61 (3): 250-259 - get paper here
  • Crother, B. I. (ed.) 2012. Standard Common and Current Scientific Names for North American Amphibians, Turtles, Reptiles, and Crocodilians, Seventh Edition. Herpetological Circular 39: 1-92
  • Crump, Paul S. and Michael R. J. Forstner 2019. Bias and Precision of Lizard Occupancy Estimates Vary among Observers and between Methods. Journal of Herpetology 53 (1): 13 - get paper here
  • Degenhardt, W.G. and Jones, K.L. 1972. A new sagebrush lizard, Sceloporus graciosus, from New Mexico and Texas. Herpetologica 28: 212-217 - get paper here
  • Degenhardt, William G.; C. W. Painter, and A. H. Price 1996. Amphibians and reptiles of New Mexico. Univ. New Mexico Press, 431 pp.
  • Ferguson, Gary W.; William H. Gehrmann, Andrew M. Brinker, and Glenn C. Kroh 2014. Daily and Seasonal Patterns of Natural Ultraviolet Light Exposure of the Western Sagebrush Lizard (Sceloporus graciosus gracilis) and the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard (Sceloporus arenicolus). Herpetologica Mar 2014, Vol. 70, No. 1: 56-68. - 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
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  • Leavitt, Daniel J. and Matthew R. Acre. 2014. Sceloporus arenicolus (dunes sagebrush lizard) activity patterns and foraging mode. Herpetological Review 45 (4): 699-700 - get paper here
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