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Higher TaxaPhrynosomatidae, Sceloporinae; Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesS: Lagartija de Barba Azul
E: Bluechinned Roughscaled Lizard, Blue Spiny Lizard
E: West Gulf Rough-scaled Lizard [plioporus]
S: Escamosa de Pocos Poros [plioporus] 
SynonymSceloporus torquatus cyanogenys COPE 1885: 402
Sceloporus cyanogenys — SMITH 1938: 599
Sceloporus torquatus mucronatus — BOULENGER 1885: 220 (part.)
Sceloporus torquatus poinsetti — BURT 1932: 158 (part.)
Sceloporus serrifer plioporus SMITH 1939: 212
Sceloporus serrifer plioporus — STUART 1948
Sceloporus cyanogenys — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 125
Sceloporus serrifer cariniceps MARTIN 1952
Sceloporus serrifer cariniceps — TAYLOR 1953
Sceloporus cyanogenys — GLAZENBURG 1979
Sceloporus serrifer cyanogenys — OLSON 1987
Sceloporus serrifer cyanogenys — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 105
Sceloporus serrifer cyanogenys — BARTLETT & BARTLETT 1999: 230
Sceloporus cyanogenys — WIENS & REEDER 1997
Sceloporus cyanogenys — CROTHER 2000: 51
Sceloporus cyanogenys — BONETTI 2002: 131
Sceloporus serrifer plioporus — BELL et al. 2003
Sceloporus cyanogenys — BELL et al. 2003
Sceloporus serrifer plioporus — BELL et al. 2003
Sceloporus cyanogenys — ZORN 2004
Sceloporus serrifer cyanogenys — DOST 2005
Sceloporus serrifer cyanogenys — COLLINS & TAGGART 2009
Sceloporus serrifer plioporus — WIENS et al. 2010
Sceloporus serrifer cyanogenys — WERNING 2018 
DistributionUSA, Mexico (S Texas from Devils River and Starr County to C Tamaulipas and Nuevo León, Coahuila)

Type locality: Monterrey, Nuevo León.

cariniceps: Tamaulipas; Type locality: 8.1 km NE Gómez Farías, Rancho Pano Ayuctle along Río Sabinas.

plioporus: Gulf coast of Mexico from S Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Tabasco, southward to Petén, Guatemala. Type locality: Four miles east of Encero, Veracruz.  
TypesSyntypes: ANSP 11304-11305 (also given as USNM 31373-31377 but not in USNM catalog), collected by E. D. Cope
Holotype: UMMZ 101537 [cariniceps] 
CommentSynonymy: MARTINEZ-MENDEZ & MENDEZ DE LA CRUZ 2007 synonymized Sceloporus serrifer plioporus with Sceloporus cyanogenys (although Wiens et al. 2013 say they did not). The original morphological difference between putative populations of S. s. plioporus and S. cyanogenys, was the divided supraoculars scales in the latter (Smith 1939). However, on closer inspection, these differences are not supported (Olson, 1987) because the percentage of individuals with divided supraoculars scales increases northwardly.

Distribution: endemic to Mexico fide Johnson et al. 2017, but reported from Texas by Dixon 2000 (map 66A). Not in Yucatan state (Mexico) according to GONZÁLEZ-SÁNCHEZ et al. 2017. Distribution: Not listed for San Luis Potosí by Lemos-Espinal et al. 2018 (checklist SLP).

Hybridization: C. serrifer and S. (s.) cyanogenys intergrade (OLSON 1987). 
EtymologyEtymology (cyanogenys): The Latin noun cyaneus "deep blue" and the Greek noun genys "jaw or chin" refer to the blue throat of males.

Etymology (plioporus): The Greek adjective plio, "more," and noun porus, "pore," refer to the larger number of femoral pores in this subspecies than in S. s. serrifer. 
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