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Aspidoscelis opatae (WRIGHT, 1967)

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Higher TaxaTeiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: OpataWhiptail
S: Huico Opata 
SynonymCnemidophorus opatae WRIGHT 1967
Cnemidophorus opatae — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Cnemidophorus opatae — LINER 1994
Aspidoscelis opatae — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis opatae — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008 
DistributionMexico (Sonora)

Type locality: 5.5 miles (by road) south of Oputo, Sonora  
Reproductionoviparous; parthenogenetic fide Cuellar & Kluge 1972, Wright 1967. 
TypesHolotype: UAZ 9236 (University of Arizona, Zoology)
PARATYPES. Topoparatypes UAZ 9228-29, 9230, 9232; and 14900. Paratype-s UAZ 9224 from 1.0 mi (rd) S Oputo, UAZ 14904-06, 15057- 58, 15527-29 and JWW 5001-022 (now USNM?) from 3.4 mi (rd) S Oputo, and UAZ 15524-25 from,2.2 mi (rd) S Oputo,Sonora. 
EtymologyNamed afer Ópata, the name for the Amerind group that was formerly widespread in the upper Rio Yaqui valley, and which is now essentially extinct or assimilated. 
  • 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
  • Cuéllar, O.; Kluge, A. G. 1972. Natural parthenogenesis in the gekkonid lizard Lepidodactylus lugubris. Journal of Genetics 61 (1): 14-26 - 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
  • 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
  • Van Devender, T.R., E.F. Enderson, and R.A. Villa. 2016. The Ópata Whiptail (Aspidoscelis opatae) [English]. Sonoran Herpetologist 29 (4):51-52. - get paper here
  • Van Devender, T.R., E.F. Enderson, and R.A. Villa. 2016. La Huica Bavispeña (Aspidoscelis opatae) [Spanish]. Sonoran Herpetologist 29 (4):52-53. - get paper here
  • Wright, John W. 1967. A new uniparental whiptail lizard (genus Cnemidophorus) from Sonora, Mexico. Journal of the Arizona Academy of Science 4 (3): 185-193 - get paper here
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