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Sceloporus cautus SMITH, 1938

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Higher TaxaPhrynosomatidae, Sceloporinae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Shy Spiny Lizard
S: Espinosa Llanera 
SynonymSceloporus cautus SMITH 1938
Sceloporus cautus — SMITH 1939: 173
Sceloporus cautus — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 117
Sceloporus cautus — LINER 1994
Sceloporus cautus — FERGUSON et al. 2006
Sceloporus cautus — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008 
DistributionMexico (E Zacatecas, NW San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas, S Coahuila, Nuevo Leon)

Type locality: 30 miles north of El Salado, San Luis Potosí, in the State of Coahuila.  
TypesHolotype: FMNH 32008. Originally HMS-EHT 13027, collected by E. H. Taylor and H. M. Smith, 1932. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (rufidorsum): Smith 1939: 173 
EtymologyThe Latin cautus means "cautious," or "wary," and refers to the behavior of these lizards. 
  • Ferguson, G. M., H. M. Smith, E. A. Liner and D. Chiszar 2006. Sceloporus cautus. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles 835: 1-5. - get paper here
  • Ferguson, George M., Hobart M. Smith, and David Chiszar. 2003. Analysis of phenotypic variation in the lizard Sceloporus cautus and adjacent populations of related species. Bull. Maryland Herp. Soc. 39(4):85-91 - get paper here
  • Köhler, G. & Heimes, P. 2002. Stachelleguane. Herpeton-Verlag (Offenbach), 174 pp.
  • Lazcano D, Nevárez-de los Reyes M, García-Padilla E, Johnson JD, Mata-Silva V, DeSantis DL, Wilson LD. 2019. The herpetofauna of Coahuila, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation status. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 13(2) [General Section]: 31–94 (e189) - get paper here
  • Lazcano Villarreal, David & Dixon, J.R. 2002. Lista Preliminar de la Herpetofauna del Estado de Nuevo León. - get paper here
  • Leaché, A.D. 2010. Species trees for spiny lizards (Genus Sceloporus): Identifying points of concordance and conflict between nuclear and mitochondrial data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 54: 162–171 - get paper here
  • Leaché, A.D. & J.W.Sites, Jr. 2009. Chromosome Evolution and Diversification in North American Spiny Lizards (Genus Sceloporus). Cytogenet Genome Res 127: 166-181 - get paper here
  • Lemos-Espinal JA, Smith GR, Woolrich-Piña GA 2018. Amphibians and reptiles of the state of San Luis Potosí, Mexico, with comparisons with adjoining states. ZooKeys 753: 83-106 - get paper here
  • Lemos-Espinal, J.A. & Smith, H.M. 2007. Amphibians and reptiles of the state of Coahuila, Mexico. Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 550 pp.
  • Lemos-Espinal, Julio A. and James R. Dixon 2013. Amphibians and Reptiles of San Luis Potosí. Eagle Mountain Publishing, xii + 300 pp.
  • Nevárez-de-los-Reyes, Manuel, David Lazcano, Elí García-Padilla, Vicente Mata-Silva, Jerry D. Johnson and Larry David Wilson. 2016. The Herpetofauna of Nuevo León, Mexico: Composition, Distribution, and Conservation. Mesoamerican Herpetology 3 (3): 558–638 - 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. & Taylor,E.H. 1950. An annotated checklist and key to the reptiles of Mexico exclusive of the snakes. Bull. US Natl. Mus. 199: 1-253 - get paper here
  • Smith, Hobart M. 1938. Remarks on the status of the subspecies of Sceloporus undulatus, with descriptions of new species and subspecies of the Undulatus group. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan (387): 1-17 - get paper here
  • Terán-Juárez, Sergio A., Elí García Padilla, Vicente Mata-Silva, Jerry D. Johnson and Larry David Wilson. 2016. The herpetofauna of Tamaulipas, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation status. Mesoamerican Herpetology 3 (1): 43–113 - get paper here
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