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Higher TaxaPhrynosomatidae, Sceloporinae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesSceloporus graciosus gracilis BAIRD & GIRARD 1852
Sceloporus graciosus graciosus BAIRD & GIRARD 1852 
Common NamesE: Sagebrush Lizard
E: Western Sagebrush Lizard, Mountain Swift [gracilis]
E: Northern Sagebrush Lizard [graciosus]
E: Southern Sagebrush Lizard [vandenburghianus] 
SynonymSceloporus graciousus [sic] BAIRD & GIRARD 1852: 69
Sceloporus graciosus — YARROW 1875 (emendation)
Sceloporus gratiosus — BOULENGER 1885: 230
Sceloporus graciosus — VAN DENBURGH 1895: 114
Sceloporus graciosus — STEBBINS 1985: 133
Sceloporus graciosus — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 109
Sceloporus graciosus graciosus — COLLINS & TAGGART 2009

Sceloporus graciosus gracilis BAIRD & GIRARD 1852
Sceloporus gracilis BAIRD & GIRARD 1852
Sceloporus graciosus gracilis — VAN DENBURGH 1922
Sceloporus graciosus gracilis — FITCH 1936
Sceloporus graciosus gracilis — BELL et al. 2003
Sceloporus graciosus — BELL et al. 2003
Sceloporus graciosus gracilis — CROTHER et al. 2012
Sceloporus graciosus gracilis — CHAN et al. 2013 
DistributionUSA (California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, S Montana, W Colorado, N Arizona, New Mexico, W Texas, Nebraska)

Type Locality: Valley of the Great Salt Lake [Utah].

graciosus: USA (Oregon etc.)

gracilis: Oregon, California. Type Locality: "Oregon", restricted to "vicinity of Klamath Falls" by Schmidt (1953).  
TypesSyntypes: USNM 2877 (4), collected by H. Stansbury; date unknown.
Holotype: unknown fide Censky 1986 [gracilis] 
CommentSynonymy: Sceloporus gratiosus listed by BOULENGER 1897 is actually S. jalapae (fide SMITH et al. 2000).

Subspecies: Sceloporus graciosus arenicolus has been elvated to full species status. Sceloporus vandenburgianus is morphologically similar and geographically close to populations of S. graciosus gracilis (WIENS & REEDER 1997) and actually intergrades with S. graciosus (Applegarth and Banta 1970).

Distribution: see map in Chan et al. 2013. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin gratia, meaning "grace," or "graceful," and -osus, "having the quality of," is a judgment of form. The name graciosus is an incorrect transliteration but cannot be changed under the Code.

gracilis: The Latin gracilis means "thin, slender", and Baird and Girard described it as such in comparing it with their Sceloporus graciosus. 
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