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Coleonyx brevis STEJNEGER, 1893

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Higher TaxaEublepharidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Texas Banded Gecko
G: Gebänderter Texas-Gecko
S: Salamanquesa del Desierto 
SynonymColeonyx brevis STEJNEGER 1893: 163
Coleonyx brevis — JAMESON & FLURY 1949
Coleonyx variegatus brevis — SCHMIDT 1953: 114
Coleonyx brevis — STEBBINS 1985: 111
Coleonyx brevis — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 88
Coleonyx brevis — KLUGE 1993
Coleonyx brevis — RÖSLER 2000: 63
Coleonyx brevis — SEUFER et al. 2005 
DistributionUSA (W Texas, SE New Mexico),
Mexico (Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Durango, Tamaulipas)

Type locality: Helotes, Bexar County, Texas.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 13,627 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Brevis may be distinguished from the southerly members of the genus by the absence of enlarged tubercular scales among the granular scales of the dorsum. Although the characters first used by Stejneger to distinguish brevis from variegatus, proved, with the availability of more material, to lack consistency, the species are indeed different, other divergences having been discovered. H. M. Smith, in 1933, pointed out that the preanal pores are fewer in brevis (seldom other than 4), and are separated into two lateral series by unpitted scales at the apex, while in variegatus thetwo series contact at the apex; he also discussed the pattern differences, and differences in the doacal spurs. In brevis the supranasals are somewhat smaller and more widely separated than in variegatus. From fasciatus, brevis may be distinguished by the lower number of anal pores and by the spotting of the adults [from KLAUBER 1945: 185].

DIAGNOSIS. Coleonyx brevis is a small gecko (maximum snout-vent length 59 mm in females; 56 mm in males) with total of three to six (average 4.1) preanal pores, separated by a maximum of four (average 2.3) median scales, and no enlarged dorsal tubercles. The base of the cloacal spur is not constricted, and its distal end is flat. In color and pattern C. brevis closely resembles C. variegatus, but brevis usually has smaller and more numerous spots [Dixon 1970]. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “brevis, -e” = short. 
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  • Conant,R. & Collins,J.T. 1991. A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern/Central North America, 3rd ed. Houghton Mifflin (Boston/New York), xx + 450 p.
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  • Dixon, James R. 1970. Coleonyx brevis. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles (88): 1-2 - get paper here
  • Dixon, James R. 2000. Amphibians and reptiles of Texas, second edition. Texas A&M University Press, 421 pp.
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