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Sceloporus mucronatus COPE, 1885

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Higher TaxaPhrynosomatidae, Sceloporinae; Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesSceloporus mucronatus mucronatus COPE 1885
Sceloporus mucronatus olsoni WEBB, LEMOS-ESPINAL & SMITH 2002 
Common NamesE: Cleft Lizard, Central Cleft Lizard
S: Espinosa Mucronada
E: Olson's Cleft Lizard [olsoni]
S: Espinosa Mucronada de Olson [olsoni] 
SynonymSceloporus torquatus mucronatus COPE 1885
Sceloporus mucronatus mucronatus — SMITH 1939: 218
Sceloporus mucronatus — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 124
Sceloporus mucronatus — LINER 1994
Sceloporus mucronatus mucronatus — BELL et al. 2003
Sceloporus mucronatus — SMITH & LEMOS-ESPINAL 2005

Sceloporus mucronatus olsoni WEBB, LEMOS-ESPINAL & SMITH 2002
Sceloporus mucronatus olsoni — BELL et al. 2003
Sceloporus mucronatus olsoni — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008 
DistributionMexico (Hidalgo, Vera Cruz to Guerrero, south to Chiapas, Puebla)

mucronatus: Parts of Hidalgo, Veracruz, Puebla, México, at high elevations. Type locality: Mirador, Veracruz.

olsoni: Mexico. Type Locality: San Juan Acazuchitlán (20°8’33.3”N, 99°36’15.8”W), 2646 m elevation, Estado de México, Mexico. Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: USNM 25074-9. Lectotype: USNM 25077 designated by Smith (1938a).

Holotype: UCM 61083 (JLE 4503), collected 6 May 2000 by Julio A. Lemos-Espinal [olsoni] 
CommentSynonymy: OLSON (1998) synonymized Sceloporus mucronatus with Sceloporus poinsettii.

Distribution: not in Oaxaca (MATA-SILVA et al. 2015).

Subspecies: Sceloporus mucronatus aureolus SMITH 1942 and Sceloporus mucronatus omiltemanus GÜNTHER 1890 have been elevated to full species status by MARTINEZ-MENDEZ & MENDEZ-DE LA CRUZ 2007. Note that these authors did not even mention olsoni. 
EtymologyThe Latin nominative singular mucronis, "sharp point," and –atus, "pertaining to," refer to the sharply pointed scales on the dorsum.

Etymology (olsoni): This subspecies honors R. Earl Olson, who has studied Mexican herpetology for many years and who instigated the description of this subspecies. 
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Cope, E.D. 1885. A contribution to the herpetology of Mexico. Proc. Amer. Philos. Soc. 22: 379-404 - 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
  • Gehlbach, Frederick R.;Collette, Bruce B. 1957. A contribution to the herpetofauna of the highlands of Oaxaca, Mexico. Herpetologica 13: 227-232 - get paper here
  • Günther, A. C. L. G. 1885. Reptilia and Batrachia. Biologia Centrali-Américana. Taylor, & Francis, London, 326 pp. [published in parts from 1885-1902; reprint by the SSAR 1987] - get paper here
  • Hall, W.P. 2009. Chromosome Variation, Genomics, Speciation and Evolution in Sceloporus Lizards. Cytogenet Genome Res 127: 143-165
  • Langner, Christian 2014. Herpetologische Beobachtungen im Lebensraum von Abronia deppii im Valle de Bravo, Estado de México, Mexiko. Terraria Elaphe 2014 (2): 46-55
  • 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
  • Lemos-Espinal, Julio A., Geoffrey R. Smith 2015. Amphibians and reptiles of the state of Hidalgo, Mexico. Check List 11 (3): 1642 - get paper here
  • Lutterschmidt, William I. 2013. REPTILES IN RESEARCH: INVESTIGATIONS OF ECOLOGY, PHYSIOLOGY, AND BEHAVIOR FROM DESERT TO SEA. Nova Science, New York, 527 pp. - get paper here
  • Martínez-Méndez, N. & Méndez-De la Cruz, F.R. 2007. Molecular phylogeny of the Sceloporus torquatus species-group (Squamata: Phrynosomatidae). Zootaxa 1609: 53-68 - get paper here
  • Olson, R. E. 1998. Sceloporus poinsetti: Its taxonomic affinity with mucronatus. Bull. Maryl. Herp. Soc., 34 (3): 76-82
  • Smith, G.R. & Lemos-Espinal, J.A. 2005. Comparative escape behavior of four species of Mexican Phrynosomatid Lizards. Herpetologica 61 (3): 225-232 - 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
  • Smith, Hobart 1942. Mexican herpetological miscellany. Proc. US Natl. Mus. 92 (3153): 349-395 - get paper here
  • Webb, Robert G., Julio Lemos-Espinal, and Hobart M. Smith 2002. A new subspecies of the lizard Sceloporus mucronatus (Sauria, Phrynosomatidae). Bull. Maryland Herp. Soc. 38(1):1-14
  • Wiens, J.J. & Penkrot, T.A. 2002. Delimiting species using DNA and morphological variation and discordant species limits in Spiny Lizards (Sceloporus). Systematic Biology 51 (1): 69-91 - get paper here
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