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Abronia ochoterenai (MARTIN DEL CAMPO, 1939)

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Higher TaxaAnguidae (Gerrhonotinae), Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesS: Escorpión Arboricola de Ochoterena
E: Ochoterena’s Arboreal Alligator Lizard, Northern Chiapas Arboreal Alligator Lizard 
SynonymGerrhonotus vasconcelosii ochoterenai MARTIN DEL CAMPO 1939
Gerrhonotus ochoterenai — HARTWEG & TIHEN 1946
Abronia ochoterenai — TIHEN 1949: 591
Abronia ochoterenai — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 197
Gerrhonotus ochoterenai — WERMUTH 1969: 25
Abronia (Auriculabronia) ochoterenai — CAMPBELL & FROST 1993
Abronia ochoterenai — LINER 1994
Abronia ochoterenai — KÖHLER 2000: 39
Abronia ochoterenai — CLAUSE et al. 2020 
DistributionMexico (Chiapas), Guatemala [Acevedo et al. 2010]) 1800-2300 m elevation

Type locality: Santa Rosa, Comitán, Chiapas.  
TypesSyntypes: CNAR (= UNAM, Instituto de Biología, México) 
DiagnosisDescription: Postmental unpaired; a group of long, slender, supra-auricular scales; scales of the sides of the neck relatively small; dorsal osteoderms developed over the entire body; two primary temporals in contact with the orbit; penultimate supralabial in contact with the orbit or not; anterior canthals usually present; three primary and three secondary temporals; three temporal elements in contact with the supralabials; 30 to 33 transverse rows of dorsals; a minimum of six scales in any nuchal row; caudal whorls 92-97; supranasals usually present; parietal separated from, or only narrowly in contact with, the medial supraoculars; dorsum nearly uniform,sometimeswithmoderatelydistincttransversedarkbands,those of the neck combined into a single large dark marking; frontonasal present or absent (Tihen 1954: 24). 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
  • Bogert, Charles M. & Porter, Ann P. 1967. A new species of Abronia (Sauria, Anguidae) from the Sierra Madre del Sur of Oaxaca, Mexico. American Museum Novitates (2279): 1-21 - 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, 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
  • Good, D.A. 1988. Phylogenetic relationships among gerrhonotine lizards; an analysis of external morphology. Univ. California Publ. Zool. 121: 139 pp. - get paper here
  • Johnson, Jerry D.; Vicente Mata-Silva, Elí García Padilla, and Larry David Wilson 2015. The Herpetofauna of Chiapas, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 (3): 272–329. - get paper here
  • Köhler, G. 2000. Reptilien und Amphibien Mittelamerikas, Bd 1: Krokodile, Schildkröten, Echsen. Herpeton Verlag, Offenbach, 158 pp.
  • Martín del CAMPO, R. 1939. Contribución al conocimiento de los gerrhonoti mexicanos, con la presentación de una nueva forma. Anales Inst. Biol. Univ. Nac. Auton. México 10: 353-361.
  • 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
  • Smith, H.M. & Taylor,E.H. 1950. An annotated checklist and key to the reptiles of Mexico exclusive of the snakes. Bull. US Natl. Mus. 199: 1-253 - get paper here
  • Tihen, J. A. 1949. The genera of gerrhonotine Iizards. American Midland Naturalist 41: 579-601 - get paper here
  • Tihen, J. A. 1954. Gerrhonotine lizards recently added to the American Museum collection, with further revisions of the genus Abronia. American Museum Novitates (1687): 1-26 - get paper here
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