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Sceloporus uniformis PHELAN & BRATTSTROM, 1955

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Higher TaxaPhrynosomatidae, Sceloporinae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Yellow-Backed Spiny Lizard
G: Gelber Wüsten-Stachelleguan, Gelbrücken-Wüstenstachelleguan
S: Roño de Suelo 
SynonymSceloporus magister uniformis PHELAN & BRATTSTROM 1955
Sceloporus magister uniformis — BELL et al. 2003
Sceloporus uniformis — SCHULTE et al. 2006
Sceloporus uniformis — WERNING 2012
Sceloporus uniformis — CROTHER et al. 2012 
DistributionUSA (California, Nevada, W Arizona, SW Utah).

Type locality "Valyermo, Los Angeles, California"  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: CAS 91201 
CommentSynonymy: probably contains Sceloporus magister cephaloflavus TANNER 1955 as a synonym (Leaché and Mulcahy 2007). 
EtymologyThe Latin unus, "one, whole," and forma, "feature", refer to the uniform light yellow of the middorsum, lacking dark markings. 
  • Bateman, Heather L., Charlene Hopkins and Kent R. Mosher. 2015. Sceloporus uniformis (yellow-backed spiny lizard) tail regeneration. Herpetological Review 46 (1): 95 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Clark, Howard O.; Jr. 2017. Herpetofauna Inventory on a Small Mammal Trapping Grid. Sonoran Herpetologist 30 (2): 42 - get paper here
  • Crother, B. I. (ed.) 2012. Standard Common and Current Scientific Names for North American Amphibians, Turtles, Reptiles, and Crocodilians, Seventh Edition. Herpetological Circular 39: 1-92
  • Feldman, Chris R., Nathan C. Nieto, James B. Bettaso and C. M. Gienger. 2013. Sceloporus uniformis (yellow-backed spiny lizard) diet. Herpetological Review 44 (3): 514 - get paper here
  • Heyborne, William H. and McMullin, Kollin H. 2016. Sceloporus uniformis (Yellow-backed Spiny Lizard) Bifurcated tail. Herpetological Review 47 (4): 674 - 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
  • Keehn, J. E.; N. C. Nieto, C. R. Tracy, C. M. Gienger and C. R. Feldman 2013. Evolution on a desert island: body size divergence between the reptiles of Nevada's Anaho Island and the mainland around Pyramid Lake. Journal of Zoology, 291: 269–278. doi: 10.1111/jzo.12066 - get paper here
  • Leaché, A.D. & Mulcahy, D.G. 2007. Phylogeny, divergence times and species limits of spiny lizards (Sceloporus magister species group) in western North American deserts and Baja California. Molecular Ecology 16: 5216–5233 - get paper here
  • Mosher, Kent R. and Heather L. Bateman. 2014. Sceloporus uniformis (yellow-backed spiny lizard) life history. Herpetological Review 45 (4): 700-701 - get paper here
  • Phelan, Robert L.;Brattstrom, Baynard H. 1955. Geographic variation in Sceloporus magister. Herpetologica 11 (1): 1-14 - get paper here
  • Schulte II, James A.; J. Robert Macey and Theodore J. Papenfuss 2006. A genetic perspective on the geographic association of taxa among arid North American lizards of the Sceloporus magister complex (Squamata: Iguanidae: Phrynosomatinae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 39 (3): 873-880 - get paper here
  • Werning, Heiko 2012. Die Reptilien und Amphibien des Südwestens. Draco 13 (50): 18-60 - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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