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Sceloporus mikeprestoni SMITH & ÁLVAREZ, 1974

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Higher TaxaPhrynosomatidae, Sceloporinae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Preston's Torquate Lizard
S: Espinosa de Collar de Preston 
SynonymSceloporus torquatus mikeprestoni SMITH & ÁLVAREZ 1974
Sceloporus torquatus mikeprestoni — BELL et al. 2003
Sceloporus torquatus mikeprestoni — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008
Sceloporus mikeprestoni — CAMPILLO-GARCÍA et al. 2021
Sceloporus mikeprestoni — FLORES-VILLELA et al. 2022 
DistributionMexico (Nuevo León, Tamaulipas)

Type Locality: Marcela, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Marcela is a rural housing development at the northern end of a valley at the foot of Peña Blanca. The nearest town is Miquihuana, Tamaulipas, 19 km N and 7 km W of Marcela.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ R115679, an adult female collected by Ticul Alvarez, 3 April 1969 
CommentSympatry: Circular sympatry may occur between S. t. mikeprestoni, derived from S. t. torquatus, and S. t. binocularis, derived from S. t. melanogaster. Additional field work in the hiatus between the ranges of S. t. mikeprestoni and S. t. binocularis is necessary to resolve this problem (BELL et al. 2003) but see CAMPILLO-GARCÍA et al. 2021 for an update

Types: Campillo-Garcia et al. 2021 found that specimen ENCB 5756, a paratype of S. t. mikeprestoni, actually pertains to Sceloporus minor Cope, 1885. This specimen has divided supraocular scales, 36 dorsal scales, 40 scales around the body, and 44 ventral scales.

Group: S. torquatus group (sensu lato, fide Flores-Villela et al. 2022) 
EtymologyNamed in honor of Michael J. Preston, who provided critical aid to the Smiths in the processing of data on the literature of Mexican herpetology. 
  • 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
  • Campillo-García G, Flores-Villela O, Butler BO, Velasco Vinasco JA, Ramírez Corona F 2021. Hidden diversity within a polytypic species: The enigmatic Sceloporus torquatus Wiegmann, 1828 (Reptilia, Squamata, Phrynosomatidae. Vertebrate Zoology 71: 781-798 - get paper here
  • FLORES-VILLELA, Oscar, SMITH, E. N., CAMPILLO-GARCÍA, Gustavo, MARTÍNEZ-MÉNDEZ, Norberto, & CAMPBELL, J. A. 2022. A new species of Sceloporus of the torquatus group (Reptilia: Phrynosomatidae) from West Mexico. Zootaxa 5134 (2): 286-296 - get paper here
  • Hobart M. Smith and Ticul Alvarez 1974. Possible Intraspecific Sympatry in the Lizard Species Sceloporus torquatus, and Its Relationship with S. cyanogenys. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 77 (4): 219-224 - get paper here
  • Liner, Ernest A., and Gustavo Casas-Andreu. 2008. Standard Spanish, English and Scientific Names of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Mexico. Herpetological Circular 38: 167 p.
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