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Higher TaxaAnguidae (Gerrhonotinae), Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Frost’s Arboreal Alligator Lizard 
SynonymAbronia frosti CAMPBELL, SASA, ACEVEDO & MENDELSON 1998
Abronia frosti — KÖHLER 2000: 38
Abronia frosti — ARIANO-SÁNCHEZ et al. 2011
Abronia frosti — CLAUSE et al. 2020 
DistributionNW Guatemala (Sierra de los Cuchumatanes), elevation 2835 m.

Type locality: Along road to Patalcal, 5.9 km (by road) NW intersection of Guatemala road 9N (near San Mateo Ixtatán), 2835 m.  
TypesHolotype: UTA R-41131 
CommentAbronia frosti is the only Abronia known from Guatemala that lacks protuberant supra-auricular spines.

Abundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNmed after Darrel Frost, American herpetologist and former curator at the American Musuem of Natural History in New York. 
  • Ariano-Sánchez, Christian & Melendez, Lester 2014. Baumschleichen der Gattung Abronia in Guatemala. Terraria-Elaphe 2014 (3): 44-48 - get paper here
  • Ariano-Sánchez, D., M. Torres-Almazán y A. Urbina-Aguilar. 2011. Rediscovery of Abronia frosti (Sauria: Anguidae) from a cloud forest in Cuchumatanes highlands in northwestern Guatemala: Habitat characterization and conservation status. Herpetological Review 42 (2): 196-198 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Campbell, Jonathan A., Mahmood Sasa, Manuel Acevedo and Joseph R. Mendelson, III. 1998. A new species of Abronia (Squamata: Anguidae) from the High Cuchumatanes of Guatemala. Herpetologica 54 (2): 221-234. - get paper here
  • Clause, A. G., Luna-Reyes, R. & Nieto-Montes De Oca, A. 2020. A New Species of Abronia (Squamata: Anguidae) from a Protected Area in Chiapas, Mexico. Herpetologica 76 (3): 330-343 - get paper here
  • Köhler, G. 2000. Reptilien und Amphibien Mittelamerikas, Bd 1: Krokodile, Schildkröten, Echsen. Herpeton Verlag, Offenbach, 158 pp.
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Pianka, Eric R. 2012. Can humans share spaceship earth? Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 6 (1): 1-24 - get paper here
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