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Higher TaxaTeiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesAspidoscelis hyperythrus beldingi (STEJNEGER 1894)
Aspidoscelis hyperythrus hyperythrus (COPE 1863)
Aspidoscelis hyperythrus schmidti (VAN DENBURGH & SLEVIN 1921) 
Common NamesE: beldingi: Belding’s Orange-throated Whiptail
G: Orangekehlige Rennechse
S: Huico Garganta Naranja 
SynonymCnemidophorus hyperythrus hyperythrus COPE 1863: 103
Cnemidophorus hyperythrus COPE 1864: 103
Verticaria hyperythra — VAN DENBURGH 1895: 128
Cnemidophorus hyperythrus — GADOW 1906: 307
Verticaria hyperythra hyperythra — VAN DENBURGH 1922: 556
Cnemidophorus hyperythrus hyperythrus — BURT 1929: 154 (part.)
Verticaria espiritensis VAN DENBURGH & SLEVIN 1921: 397
Verticaria franciscensis VAN DENBURGH & SLEVIN 1921
Cnemidophorus hyperythrus hyperythrus — SMITH 1939
Cnemidophorus hyperythrus hyperythrus — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 187
Cnemidophorus hyperythrus hyperythrus — STEBBINS 1985: 152
Cnemidophorus espiritensis — GRISMER 1999
Cnemidophorus franciscensis — GRISMER 1999
Aspidoscelis hyperythra — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis espiritensis — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis franciscensis — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis hyperythra — COLLINS & TAGGART 2009
Aspidoscelis hyperythrus — PYRON & BURBRINK 2013
Aspidoscelis hyperythra — LEMOS-ESPINAL 2015

Aspidoscelis hyperythrus beldingi (STEJNEGER 1894)
Verticaria beldingi STEJNEGER 1894
Verticaria hyperythra beldingi — VAN DENBURGH 1895: 131
Verticaria hyperythra beldingi — VAN DENBURGH 1912: 150
Cnemidophorus hyperythrus beldingi — GRINNELL & CAMP 1917
Verticaria hyperythra beldingi — VAN DENBURGH 1922: 560
Verticaria hyperythra beldingi — KLAUBER 1928
Cnemidophorus hyperythrus beldingi — SMITH 1946
Cnemidophorus hyperythrus beldingi — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 186
Cnemidophorus hyperythrus beldingi — STEBBINS 1985: 153
Cnemidophorus hyperythrus beldingi — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Aspidoscelis hyperythra beldingi — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis hyperythra beldingi — CROTHER et al. 2012: 34

Aspidoscelis hyperythrus schmidti (VAN DENBURGH & SLEVIN 1921)
Verticaria hyperythra schmidti VAN DENBURGH & SLEVIN 1921: 397
Cnemidophorus hyperythrus schmidti — LINSDALE 1932: 373
Cnemidophorus hyperythrus schmidti — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 187
Cnemidophorus hyperythrus schmidti — BOSTIC 1971
Cnemidophorus hyperythrus schmidti — MASLIN & SECOY 1986 
DistributionUSA (S California),
Mexico (Baja California)

beldingi: SW California southward on Pacific slopes (not Gulf) to Cedros Island. Type locality: “Cerros” Island, Baja California.

hyperythrus: Southern third of the peninsula of Baja California and adjacent islands on both the Gulf and Pacific sides. Type locality: Cape San Lucas, Baja California.

schmidti: The central fifth of the peninsula of Baja California and adjacent islands. Type locality: San Marcos Island, Gulf of California, Baja California.  
TypesLectotype: USNM 5299; USNM 5299A was described by Burt (1931:226) and was formally selected as lectotype by Maslin and Secoy (1986:20).
Holotype: USNM 11980 collected by L. Belding, [beldingi]
Holotype: CAS 50512 [schmidti] 
CommentSubspecies, synonymy and distribution after SMITH & TAYLOR 1950 and more subspecies after LINER 1994. GRISMER (1999) elevated a number of species to full species status, including espiritensis, franciscensis. All belong to the Aspidoscelis deppii group (fide REEDER et al. 2002).

Aspidoscelis hyperythra displays a significant morphological shift between southern and northern populations at the Isthmus of La Paz. However, there are no fixed character states, such as number of pale dorsal stripes, diagnostic of southern and northern populations. The co-occurrence in local populations of variable numbers of individuals with five, six, or seven stripes makes peninsular A. hyperythra an unusual member of the A. deppii species-group, where number of stripes is consistent in local populations (Taylor & Walker 2014). 
EtymologyNamed after Greek hyper = above, beyond, over and Greek erythros = red.

A. h. beldingi was named after Lyman Belding. 
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