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Aspidoscelis carmenensis (MASLIN & SECOY, 1986)

IUCN Red List - Aspidoscelis carmenensis - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaTeiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Carmen Island Whiptail
G: Carmen-Rennechse
S: Huico Garganta-anaranjada de Isla Carmen 
SynonymVerticaria caerulea DICKERSON 1919: 472
Cnemidophorus hyperythrus caeruleus — BURT 1931: 240
Cnemidophorus hyperythrus caeruleus — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 186
Cnemidophorus hyperythrus carmenensis MASLIN & SECOY 1986: 21 (nom. nov.)
Cnemidophorus carmenensis — GRISMER 1999
Aspidoscelis carmenensis — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008
Aspidoscelis carmenensis — JONES & LOVICH 2009
Aspidoscelis carmenensis — TAYLOR & WALKER 2014
Aspidoscelis carmenensis — JOHNSON et al. 2017 
DistributionMexico (Baja California, Isla Carmen)

Type locality: Carmen Island, Baja California  
TypesHolotype: USNM 64251, given as AMNH 5517 in original description. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Bearing in general close resemblance to Verticaria sericea (Van
Denburgh), of San Jose Island, but with longer muzzle, somewhat shorter hind legs, frontal not in complete contact with second supraocular (because of interposition of granules), lighter general and dorsal coloration, and bright blue color not only ventrally but high laterally on head and neck, body, extremities, and tail, as well as on dorsal aspect of tail, at least distally (DICKERSON 1919: 472). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Burt, C. E. 1931. A study of the teiid lizards of the genus Cnemidophorus with special reference to their phylogenetic relationships. Bull. US Natl. Mus. 154: 286 pp. - get paper here
  • Dickerson, M. C. 1919. Diagnoses of twenty-three new species and a new genus of lizards from Lower California. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 41 (10): 461-477 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L. Lee 1999. Phylogeny, taxonomy, and biogeography of Cnemidophorus hyperythrus and C. ceralbensis (Squamata: Teiidae) in Baja California, México. Herpetologica 55 (1): 28-42 - get paper here
  • Johnson, J. D., L. D. Wilson, V. Mata-Silva, E. García-Padilla, and D. L. DeSantis. 2017. The endemic herpetofauna of Mexico: organisms of global significance in severe peril. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4(3): 544–620 - 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
  • Liner, Ernest A., and Gustavo Casas-Andreu. 2008. Standard Spanish, English and Scientific Names of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Mexico. Herpetological Circular 38: 167 p.
  • Maslin, T. & Secoy, D.M. 1986. A checklist of the lizard genus Cnemidophorus (Teiidae). Contr. Zool. Univ. Colorado Mus. 1: 1-60
  • 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
  • Taylor, Harry L. and James M. Walker 2014. Pan-Peninsular pattern of morphological variation in Aspidoscelis hyperythra (Squamata: Teiidae), Baja California, Mexico. Southwestern Naturalist Jun 2014, Vol. 59, No. 2: 221-227. - get paper here
  • Taylor, Harry L. and James M. Walker 2014. Pattern of Differential Divergence Among Five Insular Species of the Aspidoscelis hyperythra Complex (Squamata: Teiidae), Baja California Sur, México. Journal of Herpetology Sep 2014, Vol. 48, No. 3: 355-362 - get paper here
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