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Aspidoscelis burti (TAYLOR, 1938)

IUCN Red List - Aspidoscelis burti - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaTeiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Canyon Spotted Whiptail
S: Huico Manchado de Cañón 
SynonymCnemidophorus burti TAYLOR 1938
Cnemidophorus burti burti — DUELLMAN & ZWEIFEL 1962
Cnemidophorus burti — STEBBINS 1985: 153
Cnemidophorus burti burti — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Cnemidophorus burti — LINER 1994
Aspidoscelis burti — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis burti burti — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008
Aspidoscelis burti — COLLINS & TAGGART 2009
Aspidoscelis burti griseocephalus
Cnemidophorus burti griseocephalus
Cnemidophorus costatus griseocephalus
Cnemidophorus burti griseocephalus — WRIGHT
Aspidoscelis burti — BEZY & COLE et al. 2014
Aspidoscelis burti — BARLEY et al. 2021 
DistributionMexico (Sonora), USA (Arizona)

Type locality: La Posa, 10 miles northwest of Guayamas, Sonora (fide SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 185)  
TypesHolotype: FMNH 100004 (was EHT-HMS 13117) (fide SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 185) 
CommentSynonymy partly after SMITH & TAYLOR 1950. Not listed by SMith 1946, Handbook of Lizards.

Suspecies: Aspidoscelis burti stictogramma (BURGER 1950) and Aspidoscelis burti xanthonota (DUELLMAN & LOWE 1953) are now considered as valid species. 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Charles Earle Burt (1904-1963), American herpetologist. He took his bachelor's degree at Kansas State Agricultural College, and his master's degree (1927) and doctorate (1930) at the University of Michigan. He worked at the American Museum of Natural History (1929-1930) and taught at Trinity College, Waxahachie, Texas (1930-1931), and at Southwestern College, Winfield, Kansas (1932-1944). 
  • Barley, Anthony J.; Tod W. Reeder, Adrián Nieto-Montes de Oca, Charles J. Cole, Robert C. Thomson 2021. A new diploid parthenogenetic whiptail lizard from Sonora, Mexico is the ‘missing link’ in the evolutionary transition to polyploidy. American Naturalist 198 (2): 295-309 - 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
  • Bezy, Robert L. and Charles J. Cole 2014. Amphibians and Reptiles of the Madrean Archipelago of Arizona and New Mexico. American Museum Novitates (3810): 1-24 - get paper here
  • Burger, W. Leslie 1950. New, revived, and reallocated names for North American whiptailed lizards, Genus Cnemidophorus. Natural History Miscellanea, Chicago Acad. Sci. (65): 1-9
  • Collins, J.T. and T. W. Taggart 2009. Standard Common and Current Scientific Names for North American Amphibians, Turtles, Reptiles, and Crocodilians, Sixth Edition. Center for North American Herpetology, 48 pp.
  • Crother, B. I. 2000. Scientific and standard English names of amphibians and reptiles of North America north of Mexico, with comments regarding confidence in our understanding. Herpetological Circular 29: 1-82
  • Crother, B. I. (ed.) 2012. Standard Common and Current Scientific Names for North American Amphibians, Turtles, Reptiles, and Crocodilians, Seventh Edition. Herpetological Circular 39: 1-92
  • Degenhardt, William G.; C. W. Painter, and A. H. Price 1996. Amphibians and reptiles of New Mexico. Univ. New Mexico Press, 431 pp.
  • Duellman, W. E., & ZWEIFEL, R. G. 1962. A synopsis of the lizards of the sexlineatus group (genus Cnemidophorus). Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 123: 155-210. - get paper here
  • Duellman, William E. & Lowe, Charles H., Jr. 1953. A new lizard of the genus Cnemidophorus from Arizona. Natural History Miscellanea, Chicago Acad. Sci. (120): 1-8
  • Hardy, Laurence M. and Charles J. Cole 1998. Morphology of a Sterile, Tetraploid, Hybrid Whiptail Lizard (Squamata: Teiidae: Cnemidophorus). American Museum Novitates 3228: 16 pp. - get paper here
  • Jones, L.L. & Lovich, R.E. 2009. Lizards of the American Southwest. A photographic field guide. Rio Nuevo Publishers, Tucson, AZ, 568 pp. [review in Reptilia 86: 84] - get paper here
  • Lemos-Espinal JA, Smith GR, Rorabaugh JC 2019. A conservation checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Sonora, Mexico, with updated species lists. ZooKeys 829: 131-160 - get paper here
  • Maslin, T. & Secoy, D.M. 1986. A checklist of the lizard genus Cnemidophorus (Teiidae). Contr. Zool. Univ. Colorado Mus. 1: 1-60
  • Nevárez-de los Reyes; Manuel, David Lazcano, Javier Banda-Leal and Ian Recchio 2014. Notes on Mexican Herpetofauna 22: Herpetofauna of the Continental Portion of the Municipality of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Bull. Chicago Herp. Soc. 49(8):105-115 - get paper here
  • REEDER, T.W.; CHARLES J. COLE AND HERBERT C. DESSAUER 2002. Phylogenetic Relationships of Whiptail Lizards of the Genus Cnemidophorus (Squamata: Teiidae): A Test of Monophyly, Reevaluation of Karyotypic Evolution, and Review of Hybrid Origins. American Museum Novitates 3365: 1-64 - get paper here
  • Stebbins,R.C. 1985. A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians, 2nd ed. Houghton Mifflin, Boston
  • Taylor, Edward Harrison 1938. Notes on the herpetological fauna of the Mexican state of Sonora. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 24 (19): 475-503 [1936] - get paper here
  • Wright, J.W. 1993. Evolution of the lizards of the genus Cnemidophorus. In: Wright,J.W. & Vitt,L.J. (eds.) Biology of Whiptail lizards (genus Cnemidophorus), pp. 27-81. Oklahoma Mus. Nat. Hist., Norman.
  • Zweifel,R.G. and Norris,K.S. 1955. Contributions to the herpetology of Sonora, Mexico:Descriptions of new subspecies of snakes (Micruroides euryxanthus and Lampropeltis getulus) and miscellaneous collecting notes. American Midland Naturalist 54: 230-249 - get paper here
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