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Contomastix leachei (PERACCA, 1897)

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Higher TaxaTeiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymCnemidophorus leachei PERACCA 1897: 6
Cnemidophorus lacertoides — PETERS & DONOSO-BARROS 1970 (part.)
Cnemidophorus lacertoides — MASLIN & SECOY 1986 (part.)
Cnemidophorus leachei — CEI 1993
Contomastix leachei — HARVEY et al. 2012
Cnemidophorus leachei — AVILA et al. 2013 
DistributionN Argentina (Jujuy, Salta)

Type locality: San Lorenzo, Jujuy, Argentina  
TypesLectotype: MRSN (= MSNTO = MZUT) R2146.1, Paralectotypes: MZUT R2146.2-6, MSNG 35997 
CommentSimilar species: closely related to C. lacertoides.

Synonymy after CEI 1993. Peters and Donoso-Barros (1970) considered Cn. leachei Peracca as a synonym of Cn. lacertoides but leachei was resurrected by Cei and Scrocchi (1991). Not mentioned by REEDER et al. (2002).

Group: member of the lacertoides group, see C. lacertoides for details.

Distribution: Probably also in Bolivia (fide LANGSTROTH 2005). 
  • Arias, F.J.; F. Barrios; A. Palavecino 2013. Range extension and geographic distribution of the poorly known species, Contomastix leachei Peracca, 1897 (Squamata: Teiidae). Check List 9 (4): 844-846 - get paper here
  • AVILA, LUCIANO JAVIER; LORENA ELIZABETH MARTINEZ & MARIANA MORANDO 2013. Checklist of lizards and amphisbaenians of Argentina: an update. Zootaxa 3616 (3): 201–238 - get paper here
  • Cabrera, Mario R. & Carreira, S. 2009. A new, but probably extinct, species of Cnemidophorus (Squamata, Teiidae) from Uruguay. The Herpetological Journal 19: 97–105 - get paper here
  • Cabrera, Mario R.; Santiago Carreira, Diego O. Di Pietro & Paula C. Rivera 2019. A new species of Contomastix (Squamata, Teiidae) supported by total evidence, with remarks on diagnostic characters defining the genus. The Herpetological Journal 29 (1): 23-36 - get paper here
  • Cei J M. Scrocchi G. 1991. A poorly known and discussed species, Cnemidophorus leachei Peracca 1897, and general remarks on the genus Cnemidophorus in Argentina (Lacertilia, Teiidae). Boll. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino 9 (1): 233-244.
  • Cei, J. M. 1993. Reptiles del noroeste, nordeste y este de la Argentina. Museo Regionale Sci. Naturale Torino, Monografie 14: 1-949
  • 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
  • Langstroth, R.P. 2005. Adiciones probables y confirmadas para la saurofauna boliviana. Kempffiana 1 (1): 101-128
  • Peracca, M. G. 1897. Rettili e Anfibi. Viaggio del Dott. Alfredo Borelli nel Chaco boliviano e nella Repubblica Argentina. Bollettino dei Musei di Zoologia ed Anatomia Comparata della R. Università di Torino, 12 (274): 1-19. - 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
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