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Barisia levicollis STEJNEGER, 1890

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Higher TaxaAnguidae (Gerrhonotinae), Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Chihuahuan Alligator Lizard
S: Escorpión de Chihuahua 
SynonymBarisia levicollis STEJNEGER 1890: 184
Gerrhonotus imbricatus levicollis — DUNN 1936
Gerrhonotus levicollis levicollis — SMITH 1942: 368
Barisia levicollis — TIHEN 1949: 247
Barisia levicollis — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 202
Gerrhonotus imbricatus levicollis — WERMUTH 1969: 18
Barisia levicollis — GUILLETTE & SMITH 1982: 25
Barisia levicollis — LINER 1994
Barisia levicollis — ZALDIVAR-RIVERON et al. 2005 
DistributionNW Mexico (Chihuahua, probably adjacent areas in Sonora), elevation 2400 - 3110 m

Type locality: “Mexican boundary”. Probably Chihuahua (fide TIHEN 1949).  
TypesHolotype: USNM 9362 
CommentSynonymy: Barisia levicollis cillaris (SMITH 1942) has been placed within Barisia imbricata.

Distribution: see Map in GUILLETTE & SMITH 1982: 24 
  • Bryson Jr, R.W. & Riddle, B.R. 2011. Tracing the origins of widespread highland species: a case of Neogene diversification across the Mexican sierras in an endemic lizard. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 105: 382–394 [2012, published online 2011] - get paper here
  • Dunn, Emmett Reid 1936. The amphibians and reptiles of the Mexican Expedition of 1934. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 88: 471-477 - 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
  • Smith, Hobart 1942. Mexican herpetological miscellany. Proc. US Natl. Mus. 92 (3153): 349-395 - get paper here
  • Stejneger, Leonhard 1890. On the North American lizards of the genus Barissa of Gray. Proc. US Natl. Mus. 13 (809): 183-185 - get paper here
  • Tanner, W.W. 1987. Lizards and turtles of Western Chihuahua. Great Basin Naturalist. 47: 383-421 - get paper here
  • Tihen, Joe A. 1949. A review of the lizard genus Barisia. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 33 (3): 217-254 - get paper here
  • Zaldívar-Riverón, A. & Nieto-Montes de Oca, A. 2002. Variation in the rare lizard Barisia rudicollis (Wiegmann) (Anguidae) with description of a new species from Central Mexico. Herpetologica 58 (3): 313-326 - get paper here
  • Zaldivar-Riveron, A.; de Oca, A. Nieto-Montes; Laclette, J.P. 2005. Phylogeny and evolution of dorsal pattern in the Mexican endemic lizard genus Barisia (Anguidae: Gerrhonotinae). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 43(3):243-257 - get paper here
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