Sceloporus jarrovii

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Yarrow's spiny lizard
Sceloporus jarrovi.jpg
Adult, male
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Phrynosomatidae
Genus: Sceloporus
S. jarrovii
Binomial name
Sceloporus jarrovii
Cope, 1875[1]
Sceloporus jarrovii.svg
  • Sceloporus yarrovii [sic] Boulenger 1885: 223
  • Sceloporus ornatus Boulenger 1897 (fide Smith et al. 2000)

Sceloporus jarrovii, commonly known as the Yarrow's spiny lizard, is a species of phrynosomatid lizard native to the Arizona, United States and northern Mexico.


The specific name, jarrovii, is in honour of Henry Crécy Yarrow (November 19, 1840 – July 2, 1929), an American ornithologist, herpetologist, naturalist, and surgeon.

Geographic range[edit]

S. j. jarowii is found in the United States in the state of Arizona, and it is found in Mexico in the states of Sonora, Durango, west Zacatecas, north Tamaulipas, and Chihuahua. S. j. lineolateralis is found only in Mexico in the states of Durango and Zacatecas).[1]


Grows to 10.5 cm (4.1 in) with keeled scales and cross-hatch patterned torso. Colouration includes tints of pink, green, blue, and copper. Head is dark grey. Males have blue throat and belly. Complete black collar with white inferior border distinguish this lizard.[2]


The two recognized subspecies of S. jarrovii, including the nominotypical subspecies, are:[1]

  • Sceloporus jarrovii jarrovii H.M. Smith, 1937
  • Sceloporus jarrovii lineolateralis Smith, 1936 – lined spiny lizard


  1. ^ a b c Sceloporus jarrovii, The Reptile Database
  2. ^ Brennan, T.C. and Holycross, A.T. (2006). A field guide to amphibians and reptiles in Arizona. Arizona Game and Fish Department, Phoenix, AZ, p.74.

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