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Aspidoscelis angusticeps (COPE, 1878)

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Higher TaxaTeiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesAspidoscelis angusticeps petenensis (BEARGIE & MCCOY 1964)
Aspidoscelis angusticeps angusticeps (COPE 1877) 
Common NamesE: Yucatan Whiptail
S: Cuiji Yucateco 
SynonymCnemidophorus angusticeps COPE 1878: 95
Cnemidophorus sackii angusticeps — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 183
Cnemidophorus angusticeps — STUART 1963
Cnemidophorus angusticeps — PETERS et al. 1970: 92
Cnemidophorus angusticeps — LINER 1994
Cnemidophorus angusticeps — KÖHLER 2000: 100
Aspidoscelis angusticeps — REEDER et al. 2002

Aspidoscelis angusticeps angusticeps (COPE 1877)
Cnemidophorus angusticeps COPE 1878: 95
Cnemidophorus angusticeps angusticeps — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Aspidoscelis angusticeps angusticeps — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis angusticeps angusticeps — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008

Aspidoscelis angusticeps petenensis (BEARGIE & MCCOY 1964)
Cnemidophorus angusticeps petenensis BEARGIE & MCCOY 1964: 565
Cnemidophorus angusticeps petenensis — KLUGE 1984
Cnemidophorus angusticeps petenensis — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Aspidoscelis angusticeps petenensis — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis angusticeps petenensis — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008 
DistributionMexico (Yucatán, Quintana Roo, Campeche), Guatemala, Belize

angusticeps: N Yucatán

petenensis: Basis of the Yucatán peninsula. Type locality: Guatemala, El Petén, La Libertad.

Type locality: “Yucatán”. Restricted to Chichen Itzá by SMITH & TAYLOR 1950.  
TypesSyntypes: USNM 24876-24878
Holotype: UMMZ 74980 [petenensis] 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “angustus, -a, -um” = narrow and the abbreviated term “-ceps” for “caput” = head. 
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