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Sceloporus caeruleus SMITH, 1936

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Higher TaxaPhrynosomatidae, Sceloporinae; Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesBlue Ornate Spiny Lizard 
SynonymSceloporus ornatus caeruleus SMITH 1936: 227
Sceloporus ornatus caeruleus — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 127
Sceloporus ornatus caeruleus — KÖHLER & HEIMES 2002: 121
Sceloporus ornatus caeruleus — BELL et al. 2003
Sceloporus caeruleus —MARTINEZ-MENDEZ & MENDEZ-DE LA CRUZ 2007 
DistributionMexico (Coahuila)

Type locality: Five miles south of San Pedro, Coahuila. Map legend:
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Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: FMNH 32001, originally field no. 350, collected 20 June 1934 by David Dunkle and H. M. Smith 
CommentSceloporus nelsoni coeruleus TANNER & ROBINSON 1959 is a junior homonym of Sceloporus ornatus caeruleus Smith (1937d), and hence an unavailable senior synonym of Sceloporus nelsoni barrancarum TANNER & ROBINSON. 
EtymologyThe Latin adjective caeruleus means "sky- blue," and refers to the dorsal background color and the solid blue ventral color. 
References
  • 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
  • Martínez-Méndez, N. & Méndez-De la Cruz, F.R. 2007. Molecular phylogeny of the Sceloporus torquatus species-group (Squamata: Phrynosomatidae). Zootaxa 1609: 53-68 - 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,H.M. 1936. Two new subspecies of Mexican lizards of the genus Sceloporus. Copeia 1936 (4): 223-230 - get paper here
 
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