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Sceloporus lunae BOCOURT, 1873

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Higher TaxaPhrynosomatidae, Sceloporinae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Luna's Spiny Lizard 
SynonymSceloporus lunaei BOCOURT 1873: 184
Sceloporus lunaei — SMITH 1939: 63
Sceloporus acanthinus lunaei — STUART 1963: 70
Sceloporus lunaei — KÖHLER & HEIMES 2002
Sceloporus lunae — BELL et al. 2003
Sceloporus lunaei — PÉREZ-RAMOS & SALDAÑA DE LA RIVA 2008 

Type Locality: Plateau of Guatemala, 1500 meters elevation.  
TypesSyntypes: MNHN-RA 3144, MNHN-RA 3144A, MNHN-RA 3145, MNHN-RA 3145A, MNHN-RA 3146, MNHN-RA 3146A, MNHN-RA 3147 (7 specimens) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A moderately large Sceloporus, maximum snout-vent measurement 95 mm.; one canthal (the first entirely absent); supra-oculars moderate in size; sometimes one or two very small scales segmented off from outer parts of supraoculars; one complete and one or two incomplete series of scales between supraoculars and super-ciliaries; one or two posterior supraoculars frequently in contact with median head scales; frontal ridges distinct; dorsal scales 31 to 38; a black shoulder patch in males, none in females; females with two series of dark spots down back; males uniform greenish olive above (Smith 1939: 63).

Description: Smith 1939: 63

Color: Smith 1939: 65 
CommentDistribution: Not mentioned by Lee (2000, Maya world), nor Campbell 1999 (Guatemala).

Group: S. formosus group (sensu lato, fide PÉREZ-RAMOS & SALDAÑA DE LA RIVA 2008) 
EtymologyThe Latin lunaei refers to a Dr. Luna who collected the type. The Latinized surname Luna becomes lunae in the genitive case, even though Luna was a man. There is no provision in the Code for an extra terminal -i (Art. 31 of the Code, ICZN, 1999). 
  • 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 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Bocourt,M.F. 1873. Notes sur quelques espèces nouvelles d'iguaniens du genre Sceloporus. Ann. Sci. Nat. Zool. (ser. 5) 17 (10): 1-2 - get paper here
  • Köhler, G. & Heimes, P. 2002. Stachelleguane. Herpeton-Verlag (Offenbach), 174 pp.
  • 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. 1939. The Mexican and Central American lizards of the genus Sceloporus. Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Zool. Ser. 26: 1-397. - get paper here
  • Stuart, L.C. 1963. A checklist of the herpetofauna of Guatemala. Misc. Publ. Mus. Zool., Univ. Michigan (No. 122): 1-150 - get paper here
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