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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 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. Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
Reproductionoviparous 
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. [barrancarum, dormerly coeruleus] 
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. 
EtymologyEtymology: The 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.

Etymology: S. n. barrancrum 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. 
References
  • Cochran, D.M. 1923. A new lizard of the genus Sceloporus. J. Wash. Acad. Sci. 13: 185-186 - get paper here
  • Enderson, Erik F.; Thomas R. Van Devender, Robert L. Bezy 2014. Amphibians and reptiles of Yécora, Sonora and the Madrean Tropical Zone of the Sierra Madre Occidental in northwestern Mexico. Check List 10 (4): 913-926 - 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
  • Goldberg, Stephen R., Charles R. Bursey and Jeanette Arreola. 2014. Sceloporus nelsoni (Nelson's spiny lizard) cestode endoparasites. Herpetological Review 45 (3): 505-506
  • Hardy, L.M., & McDiarmid, R.W. 1969. The amphibians and reptiles of Sinaloa, Mexico. Mus. of Natur. Hist., Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence, Publ. 18(3): 39-252. - get paper here
  • Jones, L.L. & Lovich, R.E. 2009. Lizards of the American Southwest. A photographic field guide. Rio Nuevo Publishers, Tucson, AZ, 568 pp. [review in Reptilia 86: 84] - get paper here
  • Lemos-Espinal, J.A. & Smith, H.M. 2007. Amphibians and reptiles of the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 613 pp.
  • Lemos-Espinal, Julio A., David Chiszar, and Hobart M. Smith 2004. Selected Records of 2003 Lizards from Chihuahua and Sonora, Mexico. Bull. Chicago Herp. Soc. 39 (9): 164-168
  • Liner, E.A. 1994. Scientific and common names for the Amphibians and Reptiles of Mexico in English and Spanish. Herpetological Circular 23: 1-113
  • McDiarmid, R.W., Copp, J.F., & Breedlove, D.E. 1976. Notes on the herpetofauna of western Mexico: new records from Sinaloa and the Tres Marias Islands. Natur. Hist. Mus. of L.A. Co., Contrib. in Sci. (275): 1-17
  • 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,H.M. & Taylor,E.H. 1950. An annotated checklist and key to the reptiles of Mexico exclusive of the snakes. Bull. US Natl. Mus. 199: 1-253 - get paper here
  • Tanner, W. W., and W. G. Robison, Jr. 1960. New name for a Chihuahua lizard. Herpetologica 16 (2): 114 - get paper here
  • Tanner, Wilmer W. & Robison, W. Gerald, Jr 1960. Herpetological notes for Northwestern Jalisco, Mexico. Herpetologica 16: 59-62 - get paper here
  • Tanner, Wilmer W.;Robison, W. Gerald 1959. A collection of herptiles from Urique, Chihuahua. Great Basin Naturalist 19 (4): 75-82 - get paper here
  • Tanner,W.W. 1987. Lizards and turtles of Western Chihuahua. Great Basin Nat. 47: 383-421 - get paper here
  • Taylor, Edward H. 1936. Notes on the Herpetological fauna of the Mexican state of Sinaloa. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 24 (20): 505-537 - get paper here
  • Valdez-Lares, R.; R. Muñiz-Martínez; E.Gadsden; G. Aguirre-León; G. Castañeda-Gaytán; R. Gonzalez-Trápaga 2013. Checklist of amphibians and reptiles of the state of Durango, México. Check List 9 (4):714-724 - get paper here
  • Webb, R.G. 1984. Herpetogeography in the Mazatlán-Durango Region of the Sierra Madre Occidental, Mexico. Vetrebrate Ecology and Systematics - A ribute to Henry S. Fitch; Museum of Natural History, University of Kansas, Lawrence, pp. 217-241
  • Zweifel,R.G. and Norris,K.S. 1955. Contributions to the herpetology of Sonora, Mexico:Descriptions of new subspecies of snakes (Micruroides euryxanthus and Lampropeltis getulus) and miscellaneous collecting notes. American Midland Naturalist 54: 230-249 - get paper here
 
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