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Pholidoscelis wetmorei (STEJNEGER, 1913)

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Higher TaxaTeiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Puerto Rican Blue-tailed Groundlizard, Puerto Rican blue-tailed ameiva, Wetmore's Ameiva 
SynonymAmeiva wetmorei STEJNEGER 1913: 70
Ameiva wetmorei — FOWLER 1918
Ameiva wetmorei eleanorae GRANT & ROOSEVELT 1932: 48
Ameiva eleanorae GRANT 1932: 161
Ameiva eleanorae — GRANT 1932: 161
Ameiva wetmorei — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 203
Ameiva wetmorei — HOWER & HEDGES 2003
Ameiva wetmorei — HARVEY et al. 2012
Pholidoscelis wetmorei — GOICOECHEA et al. 2016 
DistributionSW Puerto Rico, Isla Magueyes, Caja de Muertos, Isla Morrillito (=Platillo), Isla Guayacan [HR 30: 109].

Type locality: Above Rio Loco, Guánica, Puerto Rico.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 49731. UMMZ fide HARVEY et a. 2012.
Holotype: UMMZ 73861 [eleanorae] 
CommentIllustrations: MacLean, 1982. 
EtymologyNamed after "Frank" Alexander Wetmore (1886-1978), American ornithologist and avian paleontologist. He was a bird taxidermist at the Denver Museum of Natural History, Colorado (1909). 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Fowler, H. W. 1918. Some amphibians and reptiles from Porto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Publ. Carnegie Inst. Washington, 252: 1-16.
  • Goicoechea, N., Frost, D. R., De la Riva, I., Pellegrino, K. C. M., Sites, J., Rodrigues, M. T. and Padial, J. M. 2016. Molecular systematics of teioid lizards (Teioidea/Gymnophthalmoidea: Squamata) based on the analysis of 48 loci under tree-alignment and similarity-alignment. Cladistics, doi: 10.1111/cla.12150 - get paper here
  • Grant, C. 1932. Herpetological notes from the Puerto Rico area. J. Dept. Agric. Puerto Rico 16 (1): 161-165
  • Grant, C. & Roosevelt, C. 1932. The herpetology of Caja de Muertos Island and Cardona Key, Porto Rico. J. Dept. Agric. Puerto Rico 16: 47-49
  • Harper, S., Fallick, S., Hake, T., Feliciano-Rivera, F. A., & Elden, J. M. 2023. Opportunistic Records of Herpetofauna in Mainland Puerto Rico with photographic accounts of species and habitat. Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society, 58(9), 150-157 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Hower, Lindsey M., and S. Blair Hedges 2003. Molecular phylogeny and biogeography of West Indian Teiid lizards of the genus Ameiva. Carib. J. Sci. 39 (3):298-306. - get paper here
  • MacLean, W.P. 1982. Reptiles and amphibians of the Virgin Islands. MacMillan Caribbean, London: vii + 54 pp.
  • Mayer, G.C. & Lazell, J. 1988. Distributional records for reptiles and amphibians from the Puerto Rico Bank. Herpetological Review 19 91): 23-24 - get paper here
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
  • Stejneger, L. 1913. A new lizard from Porto Rico. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 26: 69-71. - get paper here
  • Werning, H. 2012. Zwischen Anolis und Cycluren: Unterwegs auf Puerto Rico. Reptilia (Münster) 17 (95): 100-109 - get paper here
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