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Sceloporus cryptus SMITH & LYNCH, 1967

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Higher TaxaPhrynosomatidae, Sceloporinae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Sierra Juarez Spiny Lizard
S: Lagartija de las Cercas 
SynonymSceloporus cryptus SMITH & LYNCH 1967
Sceloporus cryptus — LINER 1994
Sceloporus cryptus — BELL et al. 2003
Sceloporus cryptus — MATA-SILVA et al. 2015 
DistributionMexico (Oaxaca)

Type locality: Llano de las Flores (12 mi N Ixtlán de Juárez), Sierra de Juárez, Distrito Ixtlán, Oaxaca, Mexico.  
TypesHolotype: INHS (= UIMNH) 60275, collected by M. J. Landy and J. D. Lynch, 21 June 1964. 
CommentGroup: S. formosus group (sensu lato, fide PÉREZ-RAMOS & SALDAÑA DE LA RIVA 2008) 
EtymologyThe name is an adjective from the Greek kryptos, "secret, hidden”, and was applied in reference to the extreme convergent similarity of the species to the sympatric Sceloporus formosus. 
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  • Köhler, G. & Heimes, P. 2002. Stachelleguane. Herpeton-Verlag (Offenbach), 174 pp.
  • 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
  • Mata-Silva, Vicente, Jerry D. Johnson, Larry David Wilson and Elí García-Padilla. 2015. The herpetofauna of Oaxaca, Mexico: composition, physiographic distribution, and conservation status. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 (1): 6–62 - get paper here
  • Pérez-Ramos, E. & Saldaña de La Riva, L. 2008. Morphological revision of lizards of the formosus group, genus Sceloporus (Squamata: Sauria) of southern Mexico, with description of a new species. Bull. Maryland Herp. Soc. 44 (3): 77-98 - get paper here
  • Smith, H.M. & Lynch,J.D. 1967. A new cryptic lizard (Iguanidae: Sceloporus) with comments on other reptiles from Oaxaca, Mexico. Herpetologica 23: 18-29 - get paper here
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