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Sceloporus gadoviae BOULENGER, 1905

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Higher TaxaPhrynosomatidae, Sceloporinae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Gadow's Spiny Lizard
S: Espinosa de Gadow 
SynonymSceloporus gadoviae BOULENGER 1905: 246
Sceloporus gadoviae GADOW 1905 (nomen nudum)
Sceloporus gadowi GADOW 1908
Sceloporus gadoviae — SMITH 1939: 373
Sceloporus gadovae — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 138
Lysoptychus gadoviae — LARSEN & TANNER 1975
Sceloporus gadovae — LINER 1994
Sceloporus gadoviae — SMITH & LEMOS-ESPINAL 2005
Sceloporus gadoviae — BELL et al. 2003
Sceloporus gadovi — LEACHÉ & SITES 2009
Sceloporus gadoviae — HEIMES 2022 
DistributionMexico (S Michoacan, through Guerrero and Morelos, S Puebla, to N/W Oaxaca, México [HR 31: 185])

Type locality: Mezquititlan, north of Chilpancingo, Guerrero.  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.8.30.11-12 (formerly 1906.6.1.164-165), collected by Hans Gadow. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Smith 1939: 373. 
CommentDiet: a large percentage of the diet of this species (30-50%) consists of ants (Lucas et al. 2023). 
EtymologyThis species is named for Mr. Hans Gadow, the collector of the types. 
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  • Boulenger, G.A. 1905. Descriptions of new reptiles discovered in Mexico by Dr. H. Gadow, F.R.S. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1905 (2): 245-247 - get paper here
  • Canseco-Márquez, L., & Gutiérrrez-Mayén, M.G. 2010. Anfibios y reptiles del Valle de Tehuacán-Cuicatlán. Comisión Nacional para el conocimiento y uso de la biodiversidad, México D.F., Mexico, 302 pp - get paper here
  • Casas-Andreu, G., F.R. Méndez-De la Cruz and X. Aguilar-Miguel. 2004. Anfibios y Reptiles; pp. 375–390, in A.J.M. García-Mendoza, J. Ordoñez and M. Briones-Salas (ed.). Biodiversidad de Oaxaca. Instituto de Biología, UNAM-Fondo Oaxaqueño para la Conservación de la Naturaleza-World Wildlife Fund, México, D. F.
  • Castro Franco, R. & M. G. Bustos-Zagal 2003. Lagartijas de Morelos, México: distribución, hábitat y conservación. Acta Zoológica Mexicana (n.s.) 88:123-142 - get paper here
  • Castro-Franco, Rubén, María Guasalupe Bustos-Zagal 1994. List of reptiles of Morelos, Mexico, and their distribution in relation to vegetation types. Southwestern Naturalist 39 (2): 171-175 - 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.
  • Larsen, Kenneth R.;Tanner, Wilmer W. 1975. Evolution of the sceloporine lizards (Iguanidae). Great Basin Naturalist 35 (1): 1-20 - get paper here
  • Leaché, A.D. 2010. Species trees for spiny lizards (Genus Sceloporus): Identifying points of concordance and conflict between nuclear and mitochondrial data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 54: 162–171 - get paper here
  • Leaché, A.D. & J.W.Sites, Jr. 2009. Chromosome Evolution and Diversification in North American Spiny Lizards (Genus Sceloporus). Cytogenet Genome Res 127: 166-181 - 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 herpetofauna of Morelos, with comparisons with adjoining states. ZooKeys 941: 121-144 - get paper here
  • Lemos-Espinal, Julio A.;Smith, Geoffrey R.;Ballinger, Royce E. 1996. Ventral blue coloration and sexual maturation in male Sceloporus gadoviae lizards. Journal of Herpetology 30 (4): 546-548 - get paper here
  • Lucas B Q Cavalcanti, Gabriel C Costa, Guarino R Colli, Eric R Pianka, Laurie J Vitt, Daniel O Mesquita, 2023. Myrmecophagy in lizards: evolutionary and ecological implications. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2023;, zlad175, - get paper here
  • Mata-Silva, Vicente, Jerry D. Johnson, Larry David Wilson and Elí García-Padilla. 2015. The herpetofauna of Oaxaca, Mexico: composition, physiographic distribution, and conservation status. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 (1): 6–62 - get paper here
  • Palacios-Aguilar, Ricardo & OSCAR FLORES-VILLELA 2018. An updated checklist of the herpetofauna from Guerrero, Mexico. Zootaxa 4422 (1): 1-24 - 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
  • Smith, H. M. 1939. The Mexican and Central American lizards of the genus Sceloporus. Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Zool. Ser. 26: 1-397. - get paper here
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  • Woolrich-Piña, Guillermo A.; Julio A. Lemos-Espinal, Geoffrey R. Smith, Luis Oliver-López, Felipe Correa-Sánchez, Tizoc A. Altamirano-Álvarez, and Raymundo Montoya-Ayala 2012. Thermal ecology of the lizard Sceloporus gadoviae (Squamata: Phrynosomatidae) in a semiarid region of the southern Puebla, Mexico. Phyllomedusa 11 (1): 21-28 - get paper here
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