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Higher TaxaPhrynosomatidae, Sceloporinae; Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesSceloporus spinosus apicalis SMITH & SMITH 1951
Sceloporus spinosus caeruleopunctatus SMITH 1938
Sceloporus spinosus spinosus WIEGMANN 1828 
Common NamesE; Eastern Spiny Lizard
S: Chintete Espinoso
E: Miahuatlán Spiny Lizard [apicalis]
S: Chintete Espinoso de Miahuatlán [apicalis]
E: Blue-spotted Spiny Lizard [caeruleopunctatus]
S: Chintete Espinosa de Puntos Azules [caeruleopunctatus] 
SynonymSceloporus spinosus WIEGMANN 1828
Tropidurus spinosus — WAGLER 1830
Tropidolepis spinosus — GRAY in GRIFFITH 1831
Tropidolepis spinosus — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1837: 304
Tropidolepis Spinosus — DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 270
Sceloporus spinosus — BOULENGER 1885: 226
Sceloporus spinosus spinosus — MARTIN DEL CAMPO 1937
Sceloporus spinosus spinosus — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 116
Sceloporus spinosus — LINER 1994
Sceloporus spinosus spinosus — BELL et al. 2003
Sceloporus spinosus — MATA-SILVA et al. 2015

Sceloporus spinosus apicalis SMITH & SMITH 1951
Sceloporus apicalis — WIENS & REEDER 1997
Sceloporus spinosus apicalis — BELL et al. 2003
Sceloporus spinosus apicalis — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008

Sceloporus spinosus caeruleopunctatus SMITH 1938
Sceloporus caeruleopunctatus — WIEN et al. 2013 (see supplement) 
DistributionMexico (from S Coahuila and Durango, Chihuahua, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas, N Jalisco, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Veracruz, Michoacan, Morelos, Hidalgo, and Puebla on the Mexican plateau, Oaxaca, Nuevo Leon, Quéretaro, Guerrero)

apicalis: Mexico (Oaxaca). Type Locality: Ten miles S Miahuatlán, Oaxaca, Mexico.

caeruleopunctatus: highlands of Oaxaca. Type Locality: Slopes of Cerro de San Luis, about 15 mi N Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Type locality: Mexico. Restricted to Puebla, Puebla, by SMITH & TAYLOR 1950.  
TypesSyntypes: ZMB 638-639, Ferdinand Deppe collector
Holotype: UIMNH 8864, collected 6 July 1949 by W. Leslie Burger, paratype: BYU [apicalis]
Holotype: FMNH 32003 (EHT no. 8467), collected by H. M. Smith, 5 August 1935 [caeruleopunctatus]. 
CommentWiens and Reeder (1997) suggested that S. s. caeruleopunctatus may be of species rank. 
EtymologyThe Latin spinosus, "thorny", refers to the strongly spiny scales.

Etymology (apicalis): S. s. apicalis was named after the Latin apiculus, "little tip", was applied in reference to the occurrence of the subspecies at the southern apex of the state of Oaxaca.

Etymology (caeruleus): The Latin words caeruleus, "sky-blue," punctum, "spot," and -atus, "pertaining to," refer to the blue spots between the dorsolateral light lines. 
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