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Aspidoscelis motaguae (SACKETT, 1941)

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Higher TaxaTeiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Giant Whiptail
S: Cuiji Gigante 
SynonymCnemidophorus motaguae SACKETT 1941
Cnemidophorus sackii bocourti — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 181
Cnemidophorus motaguae — DUELLMAN & ZWEIFEL 1962
Cnemidophorus motaguae — STUART 1963
Cnemidophorus sackii — ALVAREZ DEL TORO 1982 (fide VILLA et al. 1988)
Cnemidophorus motaguae — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Cnemidophorus motaguae — LINER 1994
Cnemidophorus motaguae — KÖHLER 2000: 100
Aspidoscelis motaguae — REEDER et al. 2002
Cnemidophorus motaguae — SCHLÜTER 2004
Aspidoscelis montaguae [sic] — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008
Aspidoscelis motaguae — MATA-SILVA et al. 2015 
DistributionUSA (introduced to Florida, incl. Florida Keys)
Mexico (Chiapas, Oaxaca), Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua

Type locality: Montagua River Valley 10 km northeast of Zacapa, Zacapa, Guatemala.  
TypesHolotype: ANSP 22143 
CommentNot listed by CROTHER 2000 for North America but confirmed by COLLINS & TAGGART (2002). Has been confused with Ameiva chaitzami. 
EtymologyThe name motaguae is derived from the Río Motagua Valley, Guatemala, plus the Latin suffix –ae (a derivation), denoting that the type locality lies in that valley. 
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  • Alvarez DEL TORO, M. 1982. Los Reptiles de Chiapas. 3rd ed. México: Tuxtla Gutiérrez, 248 pp.
  • Casas-Andreu, G., F.R. Méndez-De la Cruz and X. Aguilar-Miguel. 2004. Anfibios y Reptiles; pp. 375–390, in A.J.M. García-Mendoza, J. Ordoñez and M. Briones-Salas (ed.). Biodiversidad de Oaxaca. Instituto de Biología, UNAM-Fondo Oaxaqueño para la Conservación de la Naturaleza-World Wildlife Fund, México, D. F.
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  • Enge, Kevin M., Jonathan D. Mays, Kenneth L. Krysko, Claudia A. MacKenzie-Krysko, Harrison W. Butchart and Scott Compton. 2015. Geographic Distribution: Aspidoscelis motaguae (giant whiptail). Herpetological Review 46 (4): 567 - get paper here
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  • Köhler, G. 2000. Reptilien und Amphibien Mittelamerikas, Bd 1: Krokodile, Schildkröten, Echsen. Herpeton Verlag, Offenbach, 158 pp.
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  • 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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