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Aspidoscelis sonorae (LOWE & WRIGHT, 1964)

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Higher TaxaTeiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Sonoran spotted whiptail
E: Gila Spotted Whiptail [flagellicaudus]
S: Huico Manchado de Sonora 
SynonymCnemidophorus sonorae LOWE & WRIGHT 1964
Cnemidophorus flagellicaudus LOWE & WRIGHT 1964
Cnemidophorus flagellicauda — CUELLAR & KLUGE 1972
Cnemidophorus flagellicaudus — STEBBINS 1985: 160
Cnemidophorus sonorae — STEBBINS 1985: 158
Cnemidophorus sonorae — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Cnemidophorus flagellicaudus — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Cnemidophorus sonorae — LINER 1994
Cnemidophorus flagellicaudus — CROTHER 2000
Aspidoscelis flagellicauda — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis sonorae — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis sonorae — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008
Aspidoscelis flagellicaudus — COLLINS & TAGGART 2009
Aspidoscelis flagellicauda — LEMOS-ESPINAL 2015
Aspidoscelis flagellicauda — CROTHER et al. 2017
Aspidoscelis sonorae — TAYLOR et al. 2018 
DistributionUSA (SE Arizona, SW New Mexico, S California),
Mexico (NE Sonora, Chihuahua)

Type locality: 2 miles southwest of Oracle (in vicinityof old C.C.C.Camp), 4500 ft. elevation, near the north base of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Pinal County, Arizona.

flagellicaudus: USA (Arizona, New Mexico, S California); Type locality: San Francisco Hot Springs (Frisco Hot Springs), 4800 ft. elevation, Catron County, New Mexico  
Reproductionoviparous; Parthenogenetic (unisexual) species. 
TypesHolotype: UAZ 11777 (University of Arizona, Zoology)
Holotype: UAZ 11775 (Universityof Arizona, Department of Zoology); Paratypes. UAZ 11938, 11965-66; MSB 6719, 6159-63, 9144-46, 10280, 10282, 10331, 10333-34, 11273 [flagellicaudus] 
CommentSynonymy: TAYLOR et al. 2018 synonymized Cnemidophorus flagellicaudus with A. sonorae.

Distribution: not in S Utah, SW Colorado, fide Sredl et al. in Jones & Lovich 2009. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
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  • Bezy, Robert L. 2020. Lesbian Fun among the Whiptails. Sonoran Herpetologist 33 (3): 68
  • Bezy, Robert L. 2020. John William Wright— Recollections of Juan Siempre Correcto. Sonoran Herpetologist 33 (3): 83-92
  • Bezy, Robert L. and Charles J. Cole 2014. Amphibians and Reptiles of the Madrean Archipelago of Arizona and New Mexico. American Museum Novitates (3810): 1-24 - get paper here
  • Collins, J.T. and T. W. Taggart 2009. Standard Common and Current Scientific Names for North American Amphibians, Turtles, Reptiles, and Crocodilians, Sixth Edition. Center for North American Herpetology, 48 pp.
  • 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
  • Crother, B. I. 2000. Scientific and standard English names of amphibians and reptiles of North America north of Mexico, with comments regarding confidence in our understanding. Herpetological Circular 29: 1-82
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  • Cuéllar, O.; Kluge, A. G. 1972. Natural parthenogenesis in the gekkonid lizard Lepidodactylus lugubris. Journal of Genetics 61 (1): 14-26 - get paper here
  • Degenhardt, William G.; C. W. Painter, and A. H. Price 1996. Amphibians and reptiles of New Mexico. Univ. New Mexico Press, 431 pp.
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  • 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
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  • Taylor, Harry L. 2006. A male hybrid from Aspidoscelis sonorae (Parthenogenetic) and A. burti stictogramma (bisexual): Squamata, Teiidae. Herpetological Review 37 (2): 154-157. - get paper here
  • Tucker, Derek B.; Guarino R. Colli, Lilian G. Giugliano, S. Blair Hedges, Catriona R. Hendry, Emily Moriarty Lemmon, Alan R. Lemmon, Jack W. Sites Jr., R. Alexander Pyron 2016. Methodological congruence in phylogenomic analyses with morphological support for teiid lizards (Sauria: Teiidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 103: 75-84 - get paper here
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  • Werning, Heiko 2012. Die Reptilien und Amphibien des Südwestens. Draco 13 (50): 18-60 - get paper here
  • Winkleman, Ryan S. and Adam R. Backlin. 2016. Geographic Distribution: Aspidoscelis flagellicauda/sonorae complex (Spotted Whiptail). Herpetological Review 47 (2): 256-257 - get paper here
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