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Sceloporus anahuacus LARA-GONGORA, 1983

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Higher TaxaPhrynosomatidae, Sceloporinae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Anahuacan Bunchgrass Lizard, Anahuacan Graphic Lizard
S: Arboricola del Valle de Anahuac 
SynonymSceloporus anahuacus LARA-GONGORA 1983
Sceloporus anahuacus — LINER 1994
Sceloporus anahuacus — SMITH & LEMOS-ESPINAL 2005
Sceloporus anahuacus — LINER & CASAS-ANDREU 2008
Sceloporus anahuacus — SÁNCHEZ-RIVERA et al. 2022
Sceloporus anahuacus — HEIMES 2022 
DistributionC Mexico (Distrito Federal)

Type locality: Cerro del Coyote, Monte Alegre, Sierra del Ajusco, Distrito Federal, Mexico.  
TypesHolotype: MZFC 044, collected by G. Lara-Góngora, O. Sánchez-Herrera, and O. Flores-Villela, at 3400 m. Flores-Villela et al. (1991) gave 862 as the number
of the holotype, and that number is correct (Flores-Villela, pers. comm.). 
CommentSynonymy: Formerly considered as S. grammicus.

Status: Although Sites et al. (1988) suggested that this species is not valid, Flores-Villela (1993), and others, maintain it. 
EtymologyNamed after the word anahuacus is Latinized from the Nahuatl word anahuac, and refers to the high montains bordering the southern portion of the Meseta del Anahuac. 
  • Ávila-Bocanegra, Luis E., Geoffrey R. Smith, Guillermo A. Woolrich-Piña and Julio A. Lemos-Espinal 2012. Body temperatures of Sceloporus anahuacus from a montane zone of northeastern Estado de México, Mexico. Herpetological Bulletin (121) - get paper here
  • Güizado-Rodríguez, Martha Anahí, Uri Omar García-Vázquez, Israel Solano-Zavaleta, Rolando Jonathan Maceda-Cruz & Christopher Duifhuis-Rivera. 2022. Intra-population variation of body temperature of the lizard Sceloporus anahuacus (Squamata: Phrynosomatidae) in Sierra del Ajusco, Mexico. Acta Zoologica MEXICANA (N.S.) 38(1): 1–12. - get paper here
  • Heimes, P. 2022. LIZARDS OF MEXICO - Part 1 Iguanian lizards. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt Am Main, 448 pp.
  • Köhler, G. & Heimes, P. 2002. Stachelleguane. Herpeton-Verlag (Offenbach), 174 pp.
  • Lara-Gongora G 1983. Two new species of the lizard genus Sceloporus (Reptilia, Sauria, Iguanidae) from the Ajusco and Ocuilan Sierras, Mexico. Bull. Maryland Herp. Soc. 19 (1) 1983: 1-14 - get paper here
  • Lara-Góngoro, Guillermo 2004. A new species of Sceloporus (Reptilia, Sauria: Phrynosomatidae) of the grammicus complex from Chihuahua and Sonora, Mexico. Bull. Maryland Herp. Soc. 40(1): 1-41 - get paper here
  • Lara-Resendiz, Rafael A. and Uri Omar García-Vázquez. 2013. Sceloporus anahuacus (Anahuacan graphic lizard) selected body temperature. Herpetological Review 44 (4): 682-683 - get paper here
  • Lemos-Espinal JA, Smith GR 2020. A conservation checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of the State of Mexico, Mexico with comparisons with adjoining states. ZooKeys 953: 137-159 - get paper here
  • Lemos-Espinal JA, Smith GR 2020. A conservation checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Mexico City, with comparisons with adjoining states. ZooKeys 951: 109-131 - get paper here
  • Sánchez-Rivera UÁ, Medrano A, Cruz-Cano NB, Alcántar-Rodríguez A, Dávila-Govantes R, Castro-Camacho YJ, Martínez-Torres M 2022. Implementation of a method for sperm cryopreservation in sceloporine lizards. Conserv Physiol 10(1): coac068; - get paper here
  • Sites,J.W. & Davis 1989. Phylogenetic Relationships and Molecular Variability Within and Among six Chromosome Races of Sceloporus grammicus (Sauria, Iguanidae), Based on Nuclear and Mitochondrial Markers. Evolution 43: 296-317 - get paper here
  • Sites,J.W. et al. 1988. Herpetologica 44: 297-307 - get paper here
  • Smith, G.R. & Lemos-Espinal, J.A. 2005. Comparative escape behavior of four species of Mexican Phrynosomatid Lizards. Herpetologica 61 (3): 225-232 - get paper here
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