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Sceloporus asper BOULENGER, 1897

IUCN Red List - Sceloporus asper - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaPhrynosomatidae, Sceloporinae; Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesS: Espinosa Aspera
E: Asperous Spiny Lizard 
SynonymSceloporus asper BOULENGER 1897: 476
Sceloporus obscurus VAN DENBURGH 1897 (fide SMITH 1939)
Sceloporus asper — SMITH 1939: 51
Sceloporus asper — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 109
Sceloporus asper — LINER 1994
Sceloporus asper — BELL et al. 2003
Sceloporus asper — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008 
DistributionMexico (Nayarit, Jalisco, Michoacán, Guerrero)

obscurus: Type Locality: Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico.

Type locality: La Cumbre de los Arrastrados, Jalisco. Map legend:
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TypesSyntypes: BMNH

Holotype: CAS 3213, collected by Gustav Eisen and Frank H. Vaslit, November 1894 [obscurus] 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “asper(a)” = rough, referring to the rough-scaled appearance of the species.

The Latin obscurus, "dark," or "indistinct," refers to the bluish steel dorsal color, without collar or other markings.  
  • Bell, E.L.; Smith, H.M. & Chiszar, D. 2003. AN ANNOTATED LIST OF THE SPECIES-GROUP NAMES APPLIED TO THE LIZARD GENUS SCELOPORUS. Acta Zoologica Mexicana (n.s.) 90: 103-174
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1897. A revision of the lizards of the genus Sceloporus. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1897: 474-522 - get paper here
  • Hall, W.P. 2009. Chromosome Variation, Genomics, Speciation and Evolution in Sceloporus Lizards. Cytogenet Genome Res 127: 143-165
  • 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
  • Van DENBURGH 1898. Reptiles from Sonora, Sinaloa, and Jalisco, Mexico, with a description of a new species of Sceloporus. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 1897: 460-464 - get paper here
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