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Sceloporus nelsoni COCHRAN, 1923

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Higher TaxaPhrynosomatidae, Sceloporinae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesSceloporus nelsoni nelsoni COCHRAN 1923
Sceloporus nelsoni barrancorum TANNER & ROBISON 1960 
Common NamesE: Nelson's Spiny Lizard, Southern Nelson's Lizard
S: Espinosa de Nelson
E: Northern Nelson’s Lizard [barrancorum]
S: Espinosa Boreal de Nelson [barrancorum] 
SynonymSceloporus nelsoni COCHRAN 1923
Sceloporus nelsoni — SMITH 1939: 364
Sceloporus nelsoni — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 139
Sceloporus nelsoni — LINER 1994
Sceloporus nelsoni nelsoni — BELL et al. 2003
Sceloporus nelsoni — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008

Sceloporus nelsoni barrancorum TANNER & ROBISON 1960
Sceloporus nelsoni coeruleus TANNER & ROBISON 1959
Sceloporus nelsoni barrancorum [sic] TANNER & ROBISON 1960 (nom. nov.)
Sceloporus nelsoni barrancorum — TANNER 1987
Sceloporus nelsoni barrancarum — BELL et al. 2003
Sceloporus nelsoni barrancarum — LEMOS-ESPINAL et al. 2004
Sceloporus nelsoni barrancorum — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008 
DistributionMexico (Pacific slopes northward from NW Jalisco to S Sonora and SW Chihuahua, Durango)

barrancorum: Mexico (Chihuahua). Type Locality: Urique, Chihuahua, Mexico.

nelsoni: Pacific slopes from SW Chihuahua to NW Jalisco; sonora, Sinaloa, Nayarit. Type locality: Plomosas, Sinaloa.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 47676 (collected by E.W. Nelson and E.A. Goldman)
Holotype: BYU 14316, collected 16 July 1958, by W. W. Tanner and W. G. Robison, Jr. [barrancorum] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Smith 1939: 364. 
CommentSceloporus nelsoni barrancorum is not listed in LINER 1994.

The validity of S. n. barrancorum was denied by Hardy & McDiarmid (1969) but was later conclusively substantiated by Tanner (1987).

Sceloporus nelsoni coeruleus TANNER & ROBISON 1959 is a junior homonym of Sceloporus ornatus caeruleus Smith (1937d), and hence an unavailable senior synonym of Sceloporus nelsoni barrancarum TANNER & ROBINSON. 
EtymologyThe Latin genitive singular honors Edward W. Nelson, who was first employed by the U. S. Biological Survey in 1890, and was appointed Chief in 1916. He shared with Goldman a ten-year survey of Mexican terrestrial vertebrates.

S. n. barrancorum has been named after the genitive plural case, Latinized from the Spanish barranca, referring to the habitat on steep-sided canyons. The name is thus properly spelled barrancarum, not barrancorum. 
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