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Contomastix serrana (CEI & MARTORI, 1991)

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Higher TaxaTeiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymCnemidophorus serranus CEI & MARTORI 1991
Cnemidophorus serranus — CABRERA 2004
Contomastix serrana — HARVEY et al. 2012
Cnemidophorus serrana — AVILA et al. 2013 
DistributionC Argentina (Sierras de Cordoba)

Type locality: Icho, Cruz, Depto. Punilla, 800 m elevation, Córdoba province, Argentina  
TypesHolotype: FML 02053-1 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A slender, brilliant colored Cnemidophorus, easily separat­ ed from ocelliferand longicaudus by the absence ofgranular supraorbital semi­ circles, and by a very different coloration; from any known population of lacertoides (sensu lato) by a lower number ofventral scale rows (8 versus 10), a different coloration and minor different features in lepidosis. (Cei & Martori 1991) 
CommentNot mentioned in REEDER et al. (2002).

Group: member of the lacertoides group, see C. lacertoides for details. 
EtymologyFrom the Spanish term “serrano”, meaning inhabitant of the "sierras”. 
  • Aun, L.;Martori, R. 1994. Algunas características de la biología de Cnemidophorus serranus y Cnemidophorus lacertoides. Bol. Asoc. Herp. Argentina 10 (1): 46-47
  • 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, M. R. 2004. A new species of Cnemidophorus (Squamata: Teiidae) from western Argentina. Amphibia-Reptilia 25 (3): 265-275 - 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. Martori R A. 1991. A New Species of Cnemidophorus of the lacertoides species group from the eastern Sierras de Cordoba, Central Argentina (Lacertilia, Teiidae). Boll. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino 9 (1): 33-38.
  • 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
  • Pelegrin, N., Lara-Resendiz, R. A., Leao S. M. and Sanchez, J. M. 2020. Contomastix serrana. Habitat. Herpetological Review 51: 123-124. - get paper here
  • Pérez-Iglesias, Juan Manuel; Jofré, Laura E.; Rueda, Marta Patricia 2017. Primeros registros de la herpetofauna en dos areas naturales protegidas de la provincia de Santiago del Estero (Argentina). Cuad. herpetol. 32 (1): 49-57 - 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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