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Abronia chiszari SMITH & SMITH, 1981

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Higher TaxaAnguidae (Gerrhonotinae), Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Chiszar's Arboreal Alligator Lizard
S: Escorpión Arborícola de Chiszar 
SynonymAbronia chiszari SMITH & SMITH 1981: 51
Abronia (Scopaeabronia) chiszari — CAMPBELL & FROST 1993
Abronia chiszari — LINER 1994
Abronia chiszari — LINER 2007 
DistributionMexico (Veracruz)

Type locality: Veracruz: 2.5 mi E Cuetzalapan, 360 m elevation (CAMPBELL 1982 doubts that this is the exact provenance).  
TypesHolotype: UTA R-3195, immature male, coll. 18 Aug. 1962, WiIliiam F. Pyburn 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Very similar and presumably to Abronia bogerti, having 41 transverse rows of between occipital and base of tail, more than a minimum six scales in a transverse row of nuchals, parietals contacting supraocular 3 and 4, supranasals unexpanded, one temporal reaching oculars, two temporals contacting supralabials, one postsubocular supralabial, 11 dark crossbars from occiput to base of tail (as in reidi and the aurita group); differing from bogerti in having cantholoreal separated from frontonasal by contact of prefrontal and canthal, 3-3 anterior temporals, two anterior internasals, an azygous internasal between anterior and posterior pairs, superciliaries narrowly contacting or narrowly separated from prefrontal, anterior supraocular narrowly contacting or narrowly separated from cantholoreal, minimum number of nape scales in a transverse row seven. (Smith 1981) 
Etymologynamed after David A. Chiszar (1944 -2013), an American psychologist and herpetologist at the University of Colorado. See Murphy & Smith 2013. 
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  • Bille, T. 2001. Ein zweites Exemplar von Abronia bogerti TIHEN 1954 aus Oaxaca, Mexiko, mit Bemerkungen zur Variation der Art (Sauria: Anguidae). Salamandra 37 (4): 205-210 - get paper here
  • Campbell J A 1984. A new species of Abronia (Sauria: Anguidae) with comments on the herpetogeography of the highlands of southern Mexico. Herpetologica 40 (4): 373-381 - get paper here
  • Campbell J A; Frost D R 1993. Anguid lizards of the genus Abronia: revisionary notes, descriptions of four new species, a phylogenetic analysis, and key. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 216: 1-121 - get paper here
  • Clause, Adam G., Schmidt-Ballardo, Walter, Solano-Zavaleta, Israel, Jiménez-Valáquez, Gustavo and Heimes, Peter 2016. Morphological variation and natural history in the enigmatic lizard clade Scopaeabronia (Squamata: Anguidae: Abronia). Herpetological Review 47 (4): 536-543 - get paper here
  • Good D; Schwenk K 1985. A new species of Abronia (Lacertilia: Anguidae) from Oaxaca, Mexico. Copeia 1985 (1): 135-141 - get paper here
  • Good, D.A. 1988. Phylogenetic relationships among gerrhonotine lizards; an analysis of external morphology. Univ. California Publ. Zool. 121: 139 pp. - get paper here
  • Liner, Ernest A. 2007. A CHECKLIST OF THE AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES OF MEXICO. Louisiana State University Occasional Papers of the Museum of Natural Science 80: 1-60 - get paper here
  • Murphy, James B. and Hobart M. Smith. 2013. Obituary: In Memoriam: David Alfred Chiszar (1944-2013), with reflections from colleagues and friends. Herpetological Review 44 (2): 186-195 - get paper here
  • Pérez-Higareda, Gonzalo, Marco A. López-Luna, David Chiszar and Hobart M. Smith 2002. Additions to and Notes on the Herpetofauna of Veracruz, Mexico. Bull. Chicago Herp. Soc. 37(4):67-68 - get paper here
  • Smith H M; Smith R B 1981. Another epiphytic alligator lizard (Abronia) from Mexico. Bull. Maryland Herp. Soc. 17 (2): 51-60 - get paper here
  • Torres-Hernández, LA, Ramírez-Bautista A, Cruz-Elizalde R, Hernández-Salinas U, Berriozabal-Islas C, DeSantis DL, Johnson JD, Rocha A, García-Padilla E, Mata-Silva V, Fucsko LA, and Wilson LD. 2021. The herpetofauna of Veracruz, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation status. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 15(2) [General Section]: 72–155 - get paper here
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