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Sceloporus oberon SMITH & BROWN, 1941

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Higher TaxaPhrynosomatidae, Sceloporinae; Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesE: Oberon Spiny Lizard
S: Lagartija Menor Negra 
SynonymSceloporus jarrovii oberon SMITH & BROWN 1941: 253.
Sceloporus jarrovii oberon — TRAVIÑO-SALDANA 1988
Sceloporus oberon – WIENS, REEDER & NIETO MONTES DE OCA 1999
Sceloporus jarrovii oberon — WIENS & PENKROT 2002
Sceloporus oberon — LAZCANO VILLARREAL & DIXON 2002
Sceloporus minor oberon — BELL et al. 2003
Sceloporus ornatus oberon — MARTINEZ-MENDEZ & MENDEZ-DE LA CRUZ 2007
Sceloporus oberon — LEMOS-ESPINAL & SMITH 2007
Sceloporus oberon — BANDA-LEON et al. 2015
Sceloporus oberon — LEMOS-ESPINAL et al. 2016 
DistributionMexico (Nuevo Léon, SE Coahuila)

Type locality: Arteaga, Coahuila.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 105823, collected by H. M. and R. B. Smith, 15 November 1938; paratypes: FMNH, USNM 
EtymologyEtymology (caeruleus): The Latin adjective caeruleus means "sky- blue," and refers to the dorsal background color and the solid blue ventral color.

Etymology (oberon): This is a Latinized noun from Old High German oberon, "king of the fairies", applied in reference to the black dorsal color of the subspecies - a color shared with the fabulous king. 
  • Baird,S.F. 1859. Description of new genera and species of North American lizards in the museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 10: 253-256 [1858] - get paper here
  • Banda-Leal, Javier, David Lazcano, Manuel Nevárez-De Los Reyes, Carlos Solis-Rojas and Rodolfo Antonio Rojas-Malacara. 2015. Sceloporus oberon (royal lesser minor lizard) diet. Herpetological Review 46 (3): 438
  • 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
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Vol. 2, Second edition. London, xiii+497 pp. - get paper here
  • Dixon, James R. 2000. Amphibians and reptiles of Texas, second edition. Texas A&M University Press, 421 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
  • Lemos-Espinal JA, Smith GR, Cruz A 2016. Amphibians and Reptiles of the state of Nuevo León, Mexico. ZooKeys 594: 123-141, doi: 10.3897/zookeys.594.8289 - get paper here
  • Lemos-Espinal, J.A. & Smith, H.M. 2007. Amphibians and reptiles of the state of Coahuila, Mexico. Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 550 pp.
  • 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
  • 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 M. & Brown, Bryce C. 1941. A new subspecies of Sceloporus jarrovii from Mexico. Zoological Series of Field Museum of Natural History 24 (23): 253-257 - get paper here
  • Smith,H.M. 1936. Two new subspecies of Mexican lizards of the genus Sceloporus. Copeia 1936 (4): 223-230 - 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
  • Treviño-Saldana, C. H. 1988. A new montane lizard (Sceloporus jarrovi cyaneus) from Nuevo León, Mexico. Revista de Biologia Tropical 36: 407-411 - get paper here
  • 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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