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Xantusia bezyi PAPENFUSS, MACEY & SCHULTE, 2001

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Higher TaxaXantusiidae (Xantusiinae), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Bezy's Night Lizard 
SynonymXantusia bezyi PAPENFUSS, MACEY & SCHULTE 2001
Xantusia bezyi — LEAVITT et al. 2007 
DistributionUSA (Arizona)

Type locality: 5.6 km S (by Highway 87) of Sunflower, elevation 948 m., Maricopa county, Arizona, USA (33°49.48’ N, 111° 28.55’ W).  
TypesHolotype: MVZ 232604 
CommentColor pattern very similar to X. henshawi. The population named X. bezyi by PAPENFUSS et al. had been described previously as a population of X. arizonae (BEZY & SITES 1987).

Habitat/Ecomorph: rock-crevice 
EtymologyNamed in honour of Robert L. Bezy, in recognition of this lifelong studies on lizards of the family Xantusiidae. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Bezy, R.L. 2005. The Night Lizards (Xantusia) of Arizona. Sonoran Herpetologist 18 (2):14-19. - get paper here
  • Bezy, Robert L. and Charles J. Cole 2014. Amphibians and Reptiles of the Madrean Archipelago of Arizona and New Mexico. American Museum Novitates (3810): 1-24 - get paper here
  • Bezy, Robert L.; Dean H. Leavitt, Michael D. Robinson, and Kathryn Bolles 2020. Biogeography of Night Lizards (Xantusia) in Arizona. Sonoran Herpetologist 33 (2): 28-40
  • Bezy,R.L. & SItes, J.W. 1987. A preliminary study of allozyme evolution in the lizard family Xantusiidae. Herpetologica 43: 281-289 - get paper here
  • Crother, B. I. (ed.) 2012. Standard Common and Current Scientific Names for North American Amphibians, Turtles, Reptiles, and Crocodilians, Seventh Edition. Herpetological Circular 39: 1-92
  • Goldberg, Stephen R. and Robert L. Bezy. 2014. Xantusia bezyi (Bezy's night lizard) reproduction. Herpetological Review 45 (3): 509 - get paper here
  • Jones, L.L. & Lovich, R.E. 2009. Lizards of the American Southwest. A photographic field guide. Rio Nuevo Publishers, Tucson, AZ, 568 pp. [review in Reptilia 86: 84] - get paper here
  • LEAVITT, DEAN H.; ROBERT L. BEZY, KEITH A. CRANDALL and JACK W. SITES JR 2007. Multi-locus DNA sequence data reveal a history of deep cryptic vicariance and habitat-driven convergence in the desert night lizard Xantusia vigilis species complex (Squamata: Xantusiidae). Molecular Ecology 16: 4455–4481 - get paper here
  • Noonan, Brice P.; Jennifer B. Pramuk, Robert L. Bezy, Elizabeth A. Sinclair, Kevin de Queiroz, Jack W. Sites Jr. 2013. Phylogenetic relationships within the lizard clade Xantusiidae: Using trees and divergence times to address evolutionary questions at multiple levels. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Volume 69, Issue 1, October 2013, Pages 109–122 - get paper here
  • Papenfuss, T. J., Macey, J.R. & Schulte II, J.A. 2001. A new lizard in the genus Xantusia from Arizona. Scientific Papers of the Natural History Museum, University of Kansas (23): 1-9
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