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Higher TaxaPhrynosomatidae, Sceloporinae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Striped Plateau Lizard
S: Lagartija Rayada de la Meseta 
SynonymSceloporus undulatus virgatus SMITH 1938
Sceloporus undulatus virgatus — SMITH 1938
Sceloporus undulatus virgatus — SMITH 1939: 176
Sceloporus undulatus virgatus — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 118
Sceloporus virgatus — COLE 1963
Sceloporus virgatus — STEBBINS 1985: 133
Sceloporus virgatus — LINER 1994
Sceloporus virgatus — BELL et al. 2003
Sceloporus virgatus — CROTHER et al. 2012 
DistributionUSA (SE Arizona, SW New Mexico),
Mexico (Sonora, Chihuahua, Sinaloa)

Type locality: Above Santa María mine, El Tigre Mountains, Sonora.  
TypesHolotype: UMMZ 81912 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Smith 1939: 176 
EtymologyThe Latin virgatus, "of twigs," or "rodlike," refers to the very distinctive unbroken dorsolateral light line, with a distinctive dark band below it. 
  • Abell, A.J. 1999. Removal of an Evolutionarily-Reduced Color Signal, and Restoration of the Signal to the Ancestal State, Influence Male-Male Interactions in the Striped Plateau Lizard, Sceloporus virgatus Bull. Maryland Herpetol. Soc., 35(4): 115-142. - get paper here
  • Abell, A.J. 1999. Variation in Clutch Size and Offspring Size Relative to Environmental Conditions in the Lizard Sceloporus virgatus Journal of Herpetology 33 (2): 173-180. - get paper here
  • Abell, Allison J. 1999. Male-female spacing patterns in the lizard, Sceloporus virgatus. Amphibia-Reptilia 20 (2): 185-194 - get paper here
  • Ballinger, R.E. & D.J. Ketels 1983. Male Reproductive Cycle of the Lizard Sceloporus virgatus Journal of Herpetology 17 (1): 99-102. - get paper here
  • Ballinger, R.E. & V.L. Holscher 1983. Assimilation Efficiency and Nutritive State in the Striped Plateau Lizard, Sceloporus virgatus (Sauria: Iguanidae) Copeia 1983 (3): 838-839. - 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
  • Bergeron, Rachel; Gabriel Blouin-Demers; 2020. Niche Partitioning between Two Sympatric Lizards in the Chiricahua Mountains of Arizona. Copeia 108 (3): 570–577. - get paper here
  • Bezy, Robert L. and Charles J. Cole 2014. Amphibians and Reptiles of the Madrean Archipelago of Arizona and New Mexico. American Museum Novitates (3810): 1-24 - get paper here
  • Cole, C.J. 1963. Variation, distribution, and taxonomic status of the lizard, Sceloporus undulatus virgatus SMITH. Copeia 1963 (2): 413-425 - get paper here
  • Cole, Charles J. 1968. Sceloporus virgatus. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles (72): 1-2 - get paper here
  • Cole, Charles J.;Lowe, Charles H., Jr 1968. The karyotype of a lizard (Sceloporus virgatus) and description of a spontaneous chromosomal aberration. Journal of the Arizona Academy of Science 5 (2): 128-130 - get paper here
  • Colwell, Gregory J.;Gatz, A. John, Jr. 1993. Preliminary evidence for character displacement in Sceloporus clarki in the Chiricahua Mountains [covers also S. undulatus, magister, virgatus, jarrovi]. Herpetological Natural History 1 (2): 21-25
  • Cooper Jr, William E. and Arián Avalos 2010. Escape Decisions by the Syntopic Congeners Sceloporus jarrovii and S. virgatus: Comparative Effects of Perch Height and of Predator Approach Speed, Persistence, and Direction of Turning. Journal of Herpetology 44 (3): 425–430 - get paper here
  • Cooper Jr., W.E. 2005. Duration of movement as a lizard foraging movement variable. Herpetologica 61 (4): 363-372 - get paper here
  • Cooper Jr., William E. 2011. Foraging movements by the ambush-foraging striped plateau lizard (Sceloporus virgatus) vary between sexes and with air temperature, but not with distance to an immobile observer or time of day. Amphibia-Reptilia 32 (2): 203-212 - get paper here
  • Cooper Jr., William E. and Dawn S. Wilson 2008. Thermal Cost of Refuge Use Affects Refuge Entry and Hiding Time by Striped Plateau Lizards Sceloporus virgatus. Herpetologica 64 (4): 406-412 - get paper here
  • Cooper, W.E., Jr. 2009. Variation in Escape Behavior among Individuals of the Striped Plateau Lizard Sceloporus virgatus May Reflect Differences in Boldness Journal of Herpetology 43 (3): 495-502. - get paper here
  • Cooper, William E. 2012. Risk, Escape from Ambush, and Hiding Time in the Lizard Sceloporus virgatus. Herpetologica 68 (4): 505-513. - get paper here
  • Cooper, William E. and Dawn S. Wilson 2010. Longer Hiding Time in Refuge Implies Greater Assessed Risk After Capture and Autotomy in Striped Plateau Lizards (Sceloporus virgatus). Herpetologica 66 (4): 425-431 - get paper here
  • Cooper, William E. and Wade C. Sherbrooke. 2015. Stop-and-go approach by a predator: a novel predation risk factor for the phrynosomatid lizards Sceloporus virgatus and Callisaurus draconoides. Amphibia-Reptilia 36 (4): 401-409 - 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
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  • Fitch, H. S. 1978. Sexual size differences in the genus Sceloporus. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 51 (13): 441-461 - get paper here
  • Fritzsche, Alexa K. and Stacey L. Weiss 2012. Effect of Signaler Body Size on the Response of Male Striped Plateau Lizards (Sceloporus virgatus) to Conspecific Chemical Cues. Journal of Herpetology 46 (1): 79-84. - 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
  • Köhler, G. & Heimes, P. 2002. Stachelleguane. Herpeton-Verlag (Offenbach), 174 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
  • Leaché, A.D. & Reeder, T.W. 2002. Molecular systematics of the Eastern Fence Lizard (Sceloporus undulatus): a comparision of parsimony, likelihood, and Bayesian approaches. Systematic Biology 51 (1): 44-68 - get paper here
  • Lemos-Espinal JA, Smith GR 2020. A checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Sinaloa, Mexico with a conservation status summary and comparisons with neighboring states. ZooKeys 931: 85-114 - get paper here
  • Lemos-Espinal JA, Smith GR, Rorabaugh JC 2019. A conservation checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Sonora, Mexico, with updated species lists. ZooKeys 829: 131-160 - 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 - get paper here
  • Lutterschmidt, William I. 2013. REPTILES IN RESEARCH: INVESTIGATIONS OF ECOLOGY, PHYSIOLOGY, AND BEHAVIOR FROM DESERT TO SEA. Nova Science, New York, 527 pp. - get paper here
  • Manteuffel, V. Mark and Martin Eiblmaier 2010. Density-Dependent Processes during the Juvenile Stage in the Lizard Sceloporus virgatus. Journal of Herpetology 44 (1): 21–27 - get paper here
  • 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. Contributions in Science, Los Angeles (275): 1-17 - get paper here
  • Miles, D.B.; Noecker, R.; Roosenburg, W.M. & White, M.M. 2002. Genetic relationships among populations of Sceloporus undulatus fail to support present subspecific designations. Herpetologica 58 (3): 277-292 - get paper here
  • Parker, W.S. 1973. Notes on reproduction of some lizards from Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah Herpetologica 29 (3): 258-264. - get paper here
  • Phelan, J.P. & K.G. Niessen 1989. Effect of Satiation on Activity Patterns in Sceloporus virgatus Journal of Herpetology 23 (4): 424-426. - get paper here
  • Rorabaugh, J C; Turner, D; van Devender, T R; Hugo-Cabrera, V; Maynard, R J; Van Devender, R W; Villa, R A; Hamilton, P; Hale, S F; Aguilar-Morales, C; Blanco-Gutiérrez, A; Wallace, E & Hedgcock, C; 2019. Herpetofauna of the Mesa Tres Ríos area in the Northern Sierra Madre Occidental of Sonora, Mexico. Herpetological Review 50 (2): 251-259 - get paper here
  • Smith, G.R. 1996. Tail Loss in the Striped Plateau Lizard, Sceloporus virgatus Journal of Herpetology 30 (4): 552-555. - get paper here
  • Smith, G.R. 1997. Growth of Reproducing and Non-reproducing Female Lizards (Sceloporus virgatus) Journal of Herpetology 31 (4): 576-578. - get paper here
  • Smith, G.R. & R.E. Ballinger 1994. Thermal ecology of Sceloporus virgatus from southeastern Arizona, with comparison to Urosaurus ornatus Journal of Herpetology 28 (1): 65-69. - get paper here
  • Smith, G.R., R.E. Ballinger & B.R. Rose 1995. Reproduction in Sceloporus virgatus from the Chiricahua Mountains of Southeastern Arizona with Emphasis on Annual Variation Herpetologica 51 (3): 342-349. - get paper here
  • Smith, Geoffrey R. 1996. Habitat use and fidelity in the striped plateau lizard Sceloporus virgatus. American Midland Naturalist 135: 68-80 - get paper here
  • Smith, Geoffrey R. 1996. Correlates of approach distance in the striped plateau lizard (Sceloporus virgatus). The Herpetological Journal 6 (1): 56-58 - get paper here
  • Smith, Geoffrey R. 1996. Annual life-history variation in the striped plateau lizard, Sceloporus virgatus. Canadian Journal of Zoology 74: 2025-2030 - get paper here
  • Smith, Geoffrey R. 1997. Substrate shifts in a population of Striped Plateau Lizards, Sceloporus virgatus. The Herpetological Journal 7 (3): 116-118 - get paper here
  • Smith, Geoffrey R. 1998. Habitat-associated life history variation within a population of the striped plateau lizard, Sceloporus virgatus. Acta Oecologica 19 (2): 167-173 - 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. 1938. Remarks on the status of the subspecies of Sceloporus undulatus, with descriptions of new species and subspecies of the Undulatus group. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan (387): 1-17 - get paper here
  • Smith, Hobart M.;Flores-Villela, Oscar A. 1994. Noteworthy lizards of the genera Phrynosoma and Sceloporus in the Museo de Zoología "Alfonso Herrera". Bull. Maryland Herp. Soc. 30 (3): 114-119 - get paper here
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  • Tennessen, Jacob A. and Kelly R. Zamudio. 2008. Genetic differentiation among Mountain Island populations of the striped Plateau lizard, Sceloporus virgatus (Squamata: Phrynosomatidae). Copeia 2008 (3): 558-564 - get paper here
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  • Vinegar, M.B. 1972. The function of breeding coloration in the lizard, Sceloporus virgatus Copeia 1972 (4): 660-664. - get paper here
  • Weiss SL, Kennedy EA, Safran RJ, McGraw KJ. 2011. Pterin-based ornamental coloration predicts yolk antioxidant levels in female striped plateau lizards (Sceloporus virgatus). J Anim Ecol. 80(3):519-27. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2010.01801.x - get paper here
  • Weiss, S.L. 2001. The Effect of Reproduction on Food Intake of a Sit-and-Wait Foraging Lizard, Sceloporus virgatus Herpetologica 57 (2): 138-146. - get paper here
  • Weiss, S.L.; K. Foerster, J. Hudon 2012. Pteridine, not carotenoid, pigments underlie the female-specific orange ornament of striped plateau lizards (Sceloporus virgatus). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 161 (2): 117-123 - get paper here
  • Westeen, Erin P et al. 2023. Phenotypic diversity facilitates niche partitioning in a sky island assemblage of spiny lizards. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2023;, blad077, - get paper here
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