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Higher TaxaPhrynosomatidae, Sceloporinae; Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Southwestern Bunchgrass Lizard
S: Escamosa de Pastizal Sureña 
SynonymSceloporus scalaris unicanthalis SMITH 1937
Sceloporus scalaris unicanthalis — BELL et al. 2003
Sceloporus unicanthalis — GRUMMER et al. 2014
Sceloporus unicanthalis — JOHNSON et al. 2017 
DistributionMexico (southern border of the Mexican plateau in C Jalisco, eastern border of Lake Chapala westward to Nayarit.

Type locality: Magdalena, Jalisco.  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesHoloype: FMNH 100101, formerly EHT-HMS 7699, collected by H. M. Smith, 30 June 1935 
Comment 
EtymologyEtymology (scalaris): The Latin scalaris, "of a ladder," refers to the successive transverse dorsal dark lines resembling a ladder.

Etymology (brownorum): S. s. brownorum has been n amed for Dr. Bryce C. Brown, Director Emeritus of the Strecker Museum, Baylor University, Texas and his family, all of whom aided in collecting the largest series of this subspecies in any museum.

Etymology (unicanthalis): The Latin unus, "one," the Greek canthus, "corner," and the Latin suffix -alis, "pertaining to," refer to the distinctive single canthal scale. 
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