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Aspidoscelis velox (SPRINGER, 1928)

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Higher TaxaTeiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Plateau Striped Whiptail 
SynonymCnemidophorus gularis velox SPRINGER 1928: 102
Cnemidophorus velox — STEBBINS 1985: 156
Cnemidophorus velox — MASLIN & SECOY 1986
Cnemidophorus velox — CROTHER 2000
Cnemidophorus sackii innotatus BURGER (fide MASLIN & SECOY 1986)
Aspidoscelis velox — REEDER et al. 2002
Aspidoscelis velos — WERNING 2012 (in error) 
DistributionUSA (SE Utah, Colorado, N Arizona, N New Mexico). Introduced and established at Cove Palisades State Park, Jefferson County, Oregon (fide STEBBINS 1985).

Type locality: “Oraibi, Arizona” and “Pueblo Bonito, New Mexico”. Restricted to Pueblo Bonito, San Juan County, N. Mexico, by SMITH & TYALOR 1950: 184.  
ReproductionOviparous. Triploid parthenogenetic species. 
TypesHolotype: USNM 3032
Holotype: UMMZ 73323 [innotatus] 
CommentSynonymy: after SPRINGER 1950, cited in KLUGE 1984: 22. SMITH & TYALOR 1950 listed this species as a synonym of Cnemidophorus inornatus. WRIGHT (1993) applied the name C. velox to triploid parthenogens and treated C. innotatus as the name of a separate diploid species. See also CROTHER 2000 for further discussion, and Cole et al. 2019 who returned A. innotatus to the synonymy of A. velox. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin velox = speedy or swift, in reference to its running speed. 
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  • Cole, Charles J.; James E. Cordes & James M. Walker 2019. Karyotypes of the North American Parthenogenetic Whiptail Lizard Aspidoscelis velox, and Return of Aspidoscelis innotatus to the Synonymy of A. velox (Reptilia: Squamata: Teiidae). American Museum Novitates 2019 (3936): 1-8 - 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
  • Cordes, James E. and James M. Walker. 2013. Aspidoscelis velox (plateau striped whiptail) bifurcation. Herpetological Review 44 (2): 319 - 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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  • Cuellar, Orlando 1977. Genetic homogeneity and speciation in the parthenogenetic lizards Cnemidophorus velox and C. neomexicanus: Evidence from intraspecific histocompatibility. Evolution 31 (1): 24-31 - get paper here
  • Cuellar, Orlando;Wright, John W. 1992. Isogenicity in the unisexual lizard Cnemidophorus velox. C.R. Soc. Biog_ogr. 68 (4): 157-160
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