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Sceloporus megalepidurus SMITH, 1934

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Higher TaxaPhrynosomatidae, Sceloporinae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesSceloporus megalepidurus megalepidurus SMITH 1934
Sceloporus megalepidurus pictus SMITH 1936 
Common NamesE: Largescale Spiny Lizard, Cursorial Spiny Lizard, Dull Cursorial Spiny Lizard
E: Painted Cursorial Spiny Lizard [pictus]
S: Espinosa Corredora 
SynonymSceloporus megalepidurus SMITH 1934: 272
Sceloporus megalepidurus — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 121
Sceloporus megalepidurus — LINER 1994
Sceloporus megalepidurus megalepidurus — BELL et al. 2003
Sceloporus megalepidurus — MATA-SILVA et al. 2015

Sceloporus megalepidurus pictus SMITH 1936
Sceloporus pictus SMITH 1936
Sceloporus pictus — SMITH 1939: 200
Sceloporus pictus — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 121
Sceloporus pictus — KÖHLER & HEIMES 2002
Sceloporus megalepidurus pictus — BELL et al. 2003
Sceloporus megalepidurus pictus — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008
Sceloporus pictus — LEACHÉ & SITES 2009
Sceloporus pictus — LEACHÉ 2010 
DistributionMexico (W Veracruz, N Puebla, Tlaxcala, Hidalgo)

pictus: C Puebla, CW Veracruz. Type locality: Santa Catarina, Puebla.

Type locality: Near Totalco, Veracruz.  
ReproductionAll species of the megalepidurus group are ovovivparous. 
TypesHolotype: FMNH 100107 (EHT-HMS 7543), collected 19 July 1932 by E. H. Taylor and H. M. Smith.
Holotype: AMNH 18744, collected on 27 July 1920, by Paul D. R. Rüthling [pictus] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (pictus): Smith 1939: 200 
CommentSubspecies: Sceloporus megalepidurus halli DASMANN & SMITH 1974 is now treated as full species. Smith et al. (2000) showed clear evidence of apparent intergradation (hybridization?) between megalepidurus and pictus, but Wiens and Reeder (1997) regarded the relationship as uncertain.

Synonymy of Sceloporus megalepidurus halli after SMITH et al. 2000. 
EtymologyThe Greek mega, "large,", lepis, "scale," and oura, "tail," refer to the caudal scales, which are two to three times as large as the body scales.

The Latin pictus, "painted," refers to the the rather spectacular coloration of this subspecies as compared with m. megalepidurus. 
  • AVIÑA, JUAN RICARDO CRUZ. 2021. Aislamiento y detección de Brucella melitensis (Proteobacteria) en la lagartija espinosa corredora de vientre blanco (Sceloporus megalepidurus) de la cuenca oriental, Puebla, México. Revista Latinoamericana de Herpetología 4(1): 56–68. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1897. A revision of the lizards of the genus Sceloporus. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1897: 474-522 - get paper here
  • CAIN, P. W., A. G. OSSIP-DRAHOS, W. A. MITCHELL, AND D. K. HEWS 2020. Hidden in Plain Sight: Assessing the Potential for Ultraviolet as a Signal in Sceloporus Lizards. Herpetological Review 51: 451- 456.
  • Canseco-Márquez, L., & Gutiérrrez-Mayén, M.G. 2010. Anfibios y reptiles del Valle de Tehuacán-Cuicatlán. Comisión Nacional para el conocimiento y uso de la biodiversidad, México D.F., Mexico, 302 pp - get paper here
  • Casas-Andreu, G., F.R. Méndez-De la Cruz and X. Aguilar-Miguel. 2004. Anfibios y Reptiles; pp. 375–390, in A.J.M. García-Mendoza, J. Ordoñez and M. Briones-Salas (ed.). Biodiversidad de Oaxaca. Instituto de Biología, UNAM-Fondo Oaxaqueño para la Conservación de la Naturaleza-World Wildlife Fund, México, D. F.
  • Dasmann, M. M.; Smith, H. M. 1974. A new sceloporine lizard from Oaxaca, Mexico. Great Basin Naturalist 34 (3): 231-237 - get paper here
  • Fernández-Badillo, Leonardo; Norma Leticia Manríquez-Morán; Jesús Martín Castillo-Cerón & Irene Goyenechea 2016. Análisis herpetofaunístico de la zona árida del estado de Hidalgo. Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 87: 156–170 - get paper here
  • Fitch, H. S. 1978. Sexual size differences in the genus Sceloporus. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 51 (13): 441-461 - get paper here
  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Smith, H.M. 1934. Descriptions of new lizards of the genus Sceloporus from Mexico and Southern United States. Trans Kansas Acad. Sci. 37: 263-285 - get paper here
  • Smith, H.M. 1936. A new lizard of the genus Sceloporus from Southern Mexico. American Museum Novitates 892: 1-4 - 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
  • Smith, H.M., D.L. Auth, D. Chiszar, D. Lintz & B.C. Brown 2000. The Distribution of Sceloporus megalepidurus and of Abdominal Semeions in its Genus (Reptilia: Sauria) Bull. Maryland Herpetol. Soc., 36(1): 15-19. - get paper here
  • Smith, Hobart M. McCarthy, C. and David Chiszar 2000. Some enigmatic identifications in Boulenger’s 1897 Sceloporus monograph (Reptilia: Sauria). Bull. Maryland Herp. Soc. 36 (4): 124-132 - get paper here
  • Torres-Hernández, LA, Ramírez-Bautista A, Cruz-Elizalde R, Hernández-Salinas U, Berriozabal-Islas C, DeSantis DL, Johnson JD, Rocha A, García-Padilla E, Mata-Silva V, Fucsko LA, and Wilson LD. 2021. The herpetofauna of Veracruz, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation status. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 15(2) [General Section]: 72–155 - get paper here
  • Wiens, John J.;Reeder, Tod W. 1997. Phylogeny of the spiny lizards (Sceloporus) based on molecular and morphological evidence. Herpetological Monographs 11: 1-101 - get paper here
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