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Cnemidophorus arenivagus MARKEZICH, COLE & DESSAUER, 1997

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Higher TaxaTeiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymCnemidophorus arenivagus MARKEZICH, COLE & DESSAUER 1997
Cnemidophorus arenivagus — UGUETO et al. 2010
Cnemidophorus arenivagus — HARVEY et al. 2012 
DistributionNW Venezuela (peninsula de Paraguana),
Colombia ? (reported from Guajira peninsula)

Type locality: desertified agricultural area 4 km N of Moruy (11°51'30"N, 69°58'W), Peninsulade Paraguana, Estado Falcon, Venezuela.  
TypesHolotype: MCNG 1402 (field number and frozen tissue number ALM 5983), an adult male collected on 22 July 1993 by Allan L. Markezich. 
CommentNot in Colombia fide F. Castro (pers. comm.).

Group: member of the lemniscatus group, see C. lemniscatus for details. 
EtymologyThe specific appellation is a noun in apposition, meaning" wanderer of the sand." It refers to the typical duneland or desert scrub habitat of this species.
  • HARVEY, MICHAEL B.; GABRIEL N. UGUETO & RONALD L. GUTBERLET, Jr. 2012. Review of Teiid Morphology with a Revised Taxonomy and Phylogeny of the Teiidae (Lepidosauria: Squamata). Zootaxa 3459: 1–156 - get paper here
  • Markezich,A.L. et al. 1997. The blue and green whiptail lizards (Squamata: Teiidae: Cnemidophorus) of the peninsula de Paraguana, Venezuela: systematics, ecology, descriptions of two new taxa, and relationships to whiptails of the Guianas. American Museum Novitates (3207): 1-60 - get paper here
  • 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
  • RIVAS, GILSON A.; CÉSAR R. MOLINA, GABRIEL N. UGUETO, TITO R. BARROS, CÉSAR L. BAR- RIO-AMORÓS & PHILIPPE J. R. KOK 2012. Reptiles of Venezuela: an updated and commented checklist. Zootaxa 3211: 1–64 - get paper here
  • Ugueto, Gabriel N.; Michael B. Harvey, and Gilson A. Rivas 2010. TWO NEW SPECIES OF CNEMIDOPHORUS (SQUAMATA: TEIIDAE) FROM ISLANDS OF THE NORTHEASTERN COAST OF VENEZUELA. Herpetological Monographs 23 (1): 123-153 [2009] - get paper here
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