Granite spiny lizard

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Granite spiny lizard
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Iguanidae
Subfamily: Phrynosomatinae
Genus: Sceloporus
Species: S. orcutti
Binomial name
Sceloporus orcutti
Stejneger, 1893[2]

The granite spiny lizard (Sceloporus orcutti) is a species of phrynosomatid lizard.[1][2]

Etymology[edit]

The epithet, orcutti, honors American naturalist Charles Russell Orcutt (1864–1929), who collected the type specimen in San Diego County, California.[2][3][4]

Geographic range[edit]

It is endemic to southern California in the United States and Baja California in Mexico.[1][2]

Description[edit]

The granite spiny lizard is 7.6–10.8 cm (3.0–4.3 in) snout-to-vent length. Maximum total length including the tail is 28.9 cm (11.4 in).[5] Its dorsal scales are strongly keeled and pointed on its body and tail. It has a wide purple mid-dorsal stripe. The males of the species have yellow-green and blue-centered scales on the body; juveniles and females have distinct yellow-tan transverse bands on their body and tail. Additionally, the male has deep-blue ventral patches on its chest and throat and femoral pores.

Behavior[edit]

The granite spiny lizard is a colorful species that can be observed perched atop boulders from considerable distance. This species is primarily associated with rocky hillsides and outcrops. They have been known to try to mate with other members of their sex.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hollingsworth B, Hammerson GA (2007). "Sceloporus orcutti". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Sceloporus orcutti at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 2 February 2015.
  3. ^ Beltz, Ellin (2006). Scientific and Common Names of the Reptiles and Amphibians of North America - Explained. http://ebeltz.net/herps/biogappx.html
  4. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Sceloporus orcutti, p. 195).
  5. ^ Smith HM, Brodie ED Jr. (1982). Reptiles of North America, A Guide to Field Identification. New York: Golden Press. 240 pp. ISBN 0-307-13666-3. (Sceloporus orcutti, pp. 120-121).