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Aspidoscelis maslini (FRITTS, 1969)

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Higher TaxaTeiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Maslin’s Whiptail
S: Huico de Maslin 
SynonymCnemidophorus cozumelae maslini FRITTS 1969
Cnemidophorus cozumelae maslini — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Cnemidophorus maslini — TAYLOR et al. 1995
Cnemidophorus maslini — LEE 2000
Aspidoscelis maslini — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis maslini — TAYLOR et al. 2005
Aspidoscelis cozumelae maslini — KÖHLER 2008
Aspidoscelis maslini — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008 
DistributionS Mexico (coastal Campeche, Quintana Roo), Belize, Guatemala

Type locality: Mexico: 17 mi W Champoton, Champeche  
ReproductionOviparous. Parthenogenetic species. 
TypesHolotype: INHS (= UIMNH) 82699; T. H. Fritts; August- 4 September 29, 1967 
DiagnosisDescription: There usually are three supraocular scales. The interparietal is usually single and there are two parietals, two frontoparietal scales, and at least one scale on either side between the frontonasal and parietal, producing a total of seven scales or more in the parietal region. There are multiple rows of en larged upper antebrachials. The dorsum and sides of the body are covered with tiny granulars and the venter is covered with large, flat rectangular scales, usually arranged in eight longitudinal rows. Median gulars are not distinctly enlarged over surrounding gular scales. There are two complete transverse gular folds with the mesoptychials only slightly enlarged from and grading into adjacent anterior scales (Campbell 1999: 175).

Coloration: The dorsum of the head and body are medium brown to pale olive-brown, the sides of the head and throat and the ventrolateral surface of the body are whitish to pinkish gray. On each side of the body are three yellow stripes that extend from the neck posteriorly for the length of the body; the upper two stripes run above the insertion of the hind limb and onto the tail and the lowest stripe terminates in front of the hind limb. A fourth yellow stripe is present on the neck and extends from the posterior edge of the auricular opening to above the insertion of the fore limb. The dorsal field between yellow stripes is pale brownish olive to dark brown and the sides of the body below the stripes are paler than the middorsal field. The labials, throat, and lower surface of the thighs and tail are pinkish. The subcaudal and subfemoral surfaces are pale pinkish cinnamon. The venter of the body and tail is cream to pale gray. Unlike most members of the genus, the young of this species do not undergo an ontogenetic change of color pattern (Campbell 1999: 176). 
CommentGroup: Belongs to the Aspidoscelis cozumela group (fide REEDER et al. 2002).

Distribution: not in Yucatan state (Mexico) according to GONZÁLEZ-SÁNCHEZ et al. 2017. 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Thomas Paul Maslin (1909-1984), who was born to American missionary parents in China, where he lived until entering high school in Los Angeles (1927). 
References
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  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • 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
  • Campbell, J.A. 1998. Amphibians and reptiles of northern Guatemala, the Yucatán, and Belize. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, xiii + 380 pp. - get paper here
  • Charruau, Pierre; Aníbal H. Díaz de la Vega Pérez, and Fausto R. Méndez de la Cruz 2015. Reptiles of Banco Chinchorro: Updated List, Life History Data, and Conservation [Quintana Roo, Mexico] Southwestern Naturalist 60(4):299-312 - get paper here
  • Cordes, James E. and James M. Walker 2006. Evolutionary and Systematic Implications of Skin Histocompatibility Among Parthenogenetic Teiid Lizards: Three Color Pattern Classes of Aspidoscelis dixoni and One of Aspidoscelis tesselata. Copeia, 2006 (1):14-26 - get paper here
  • Fritts,T.H. 1969. The systematics of the parthenogenetic lizards ot the Cnemidophorus cozumelae complex. Copeia 1969 (3): 519-535 - get paper here
  • Gadow,H. 1906. A contribution to the study of evolution based upon the Mexican species of Cnemidophorus. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1906: 277-375 (+ maps) - get paper here
  • Hernandez-Gallegos, Oswaldo; Ana Esthela Lopez-Moreno, Fausto R. Mendez-de la Cruz, James M. Walker 2018. Home range of the parthenogenetic lizard Aspidoscelis maslini (FRITTS, 1969), on a beach strand. Herpetozoa 31 (1/2): 83 - 86 - get paper here
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  • Manríquez-Morán, Norma L., Fausto R. Méndez-de la Cruz, and Robert W. Murphy 2014. Genetic Variation and Origin of Parthenogenesis in the Aspidoscelis cozumela Complex: Evidence from Mitochondrial Genes. Zoological Science 31, No. 1: 14-19. - 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
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  • McCoy,C.J. & Maslin,T.P. 1962. A review of the teiid lizard Cnemidophorus cozumelus and the recognition of a new race, Cnemidophorus cozumelus rodecki. Copeia 1962 (3): 620-627 - 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
  • 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
  • Stuart, L. C. 1935. A contribution to a knowledge of the herpetology of a portion of the savanna region of Central Peten, Guatemala. University of Michigan Museum of Zoology Miscellaneous Publications 29: 1-56 - get paper here
  • Taylor, Harry L.; Charles J. Cole, and Christopher R. Cooley 2014. Origins and Evolution in the Aspidoscelis cozumela Complex of Parthenogenetic Teiid Lizards: Morphological and Karyotypic Evidence and Paradoxes. Journal of Herpetology Sep 2014, Vol. 48, No. 3: 343-354. - get paper here
  • TAYLOR, HARRY L.; JAMES M. WALKER; JAMES E. CORDES AND GLENN J. MANNING 2005. Application of the Evolutionary Species Concept to Parthenogenetic Entities: Comparison of Postformational Divergence in Two Clones of Aspidoscelis tesselata and between Aspidoscelis cozumela and Aspidoscelis maslini (Squamata: Teiidae. Journal of Herpetology 39 (2): 266-277 - get paper here
  • Taylor,H.L. & Cooley,C.R. 1995. Patterns of meristic variation among parthenogenetic Teiid lizards (Genus Cnemidophorus) of the Yucatan Peninsula and their progenitor species, C. angusticeps and C. deppei. Journal of Herpetology 29 (4): 583-592 - get paper here
 
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