Sceloporus serrifer

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Blue spiny lizard
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Blue spiny lizard, Sceloporus serrifer cyanogenys, female
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Iguanidae
Subfamily: Phrynosomatinae
Genus: Sceloporus
Species: S. serrifer
Binomial name
Sceloporus serrifer
Cope, 1866

Sceloporus serrifer, the blue spiny lizard, is a species of phrynosomatid lizard.

Geographic range[edit]

It ranges from the United States in southern Texas, through the eastern states of Mexico, to Central America in Guatemala and Belize.


Four subspecies of S. serrifer are recognized, including the nominate race, but the subspecies are known to intergrade in areas where their geographic ranges overlap, so differentiating them can be difficult.

  • S. s. cyanogenys Cope, 1885
  • S. s. plioporus H.M. Smith, 1939 - West Gulf spiny lizard
  • S. s. prezygus H.M. Smith, 1942
  • S. s. serrifer Cope, 1866 - Yucatán spiny lizard