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Abronia vasconcelosii (BOCOURT, 1872)

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Higher TaxaAnguidae (Gerrhonotinae), Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesG: Guatemala-Baumschleiche 
SynonymGerrhonotus vasconcelosii BOCOURT 1872: 107
Gerrhonotus Vasconcellosii — O’SHAUGHNESSY 1873: 45
Gerrhonotus vasconcelosii — BOULENGER 1885: 270
Abronia vasconcelosii — TIHEN 1949
Abronia vasconcelosi — TIHEN 1954: 24
Gerrhonotus vasconcelosii — WERMUTH 1969: 27
Abronia vasconcelosii — KÖHLER 2000: 39
Abronia vasconcelosii — PIANKA & VITT 2003: 236
Abronia vasconcelosii — KÖHLER 2008: 62 
DistributionGuatemala (elevation > 2000 m)

Type locality: “Arguetta [= Argueta] (Guatémala), à plus de 2,000 mètres d'altitude”.  
Reproductionviviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 2017 
DiagnosisDescription: Postmental unpaired; protuberant supra-auricular scales, but these relatively short and obtuse, at least in the immature type; scales of the sides of the neck moderate; dorsal osteoderms presumably developed over the entire body; two primary temporals in contact with the orbit; penultimate supralabial in contact with the orbit; anterior canthals present; three primary and three (?) secondary temporals; two temporal elements in contact with the supralabials; about 30 transverse rows of dorsals; minimum number of scales in any nuchal row six; supranasals present, unexpanded; parietal broadly in contact with the supraoculars; dorsum green, with about 10 dark cross bands on the neck and body, those of the neck discrete, not combined into a single large marking; frontonasal present (Tihen 1954: 24). 
CommentTihen 1954: 24 states that this species is only known from the types. 
EtymologyAbronia vasconcelosii honors M. Vasconcelos, a farmer and scientist living in Arguetta in Guatemala. 
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  • Bocourt 1872. Description de quelques Gerronotes nouveaux provenant du Mexique et de l’Afrique Centrale. Bull. Nouv. Arch. Mus. Hist. Nat. Paris 7 (4): 101-108 [1871] - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Vol. 2, Second edition. London, xiii+497 pp. - get paper here
  • Brygoo, E. R. 1987. Les types d'Anguid és (Reptiles, Sauriens) du Museum national d'Histoire naturelle Catalogue critique. Bulletin du Museum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, 4e ser., 9, sect. A (Zool., BioI. & Ecol. anim.), (2), supplement, 3-20. - 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
  • 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
  • Cope, E.D. 1868. Sixth contribution to the herpetology of Tropical America. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 20: 305-313 - get paper here
  • Cope, E.D. 1885. Twelfth contribution to the herpetology of tropical America. Proc. Amer. Philos. Soc. 22: 167-194 [1884] - 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
  • Hartweg, N., & TIHEN, J. E. 1946. Lizards of the genus Gerrhonotus from Chiapas, México. Occ. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan No. 497: 1-5 - get paper here
  • Köhler, G. 2000. Reptilien und Amphibien Mittelamerikas, Bd 1: Krokodile, Schildkröten, Echsen. Herpeton Verlag, Offenbach, 158 pp.
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  • Langner, Christian 2014. Baumschleichen der Gattung Abronia. Terraria-Elaphe 2014 (1): 14-26 (2013) - get paper here
  • Liner, E.A. 1994. Scientific and common names for the Amphibians and Reptiles of Mexico in English and Spanish. Herpetological Circular 23: 1-113
  • O’Shaughnessy, A. W. E. 1873. Herpetological notes. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (4) 12: 44-48 - get paper here
  • Pachmann, A. 2012. Baumschleichen statt Blumen. Reptilia (Münster) 17 (98): 16-17 - get paper here
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  • Stuart, L.C. 1951. The herpetofauna of the Guatemalan Plateau, with special reference to its distribution on the Southwestern Highlands. Contributions from the Laboratory of Vertebrate Biology, University of Michigan (49): 1-71 - get paper here
  • Stuart, L.C. 1963. A checklist of the herpetofauna of Guatemala. Misc. Publ. Mus. Zool., Univ. Michigan (No. 122): 1-150 - 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
  • Trapp, B. 2012. Terrarientiere fotografieren. Einsatz von Licht und Blitz bei Spiegelreflexkameras. Reptilia (Münster) 17 (94): 28-38 - 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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