Xantusia

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Xantusia
Xantusia vigilis1.jpg
Xantusia vigilis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Xantusiidae
Subfamily: Xantusiinae
Genus: Xantusia
Baird, 1859[1]

Xantusia is one of three genera of night lizards (family Xantusiidae). Species of Xantusia are small to medium-sized, viviparous (live-bearing) lizards found in the U.S. Southwest and in northern Mexico.

Etymology[edit]

The names and descriptions of the genus and the type species were published in 1859 by Spencer Fullerton Baird, the generic name commemorating the naturalist John Xantus.[1][2]

Species[edit]

The following is a list of species in the genus.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Xantusia vigilis at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Genus Xantusia, p. 291).

Further reading[edit]

  • Baird SF (1859). "Description of New Genera and Species of North American Lizards in the Museum of the Smithsonian Institution". Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 10: 253-246. (Xantusia, new genus, p. 255).
  • Boulenger GA (1885). Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume II ... Xantusiidæ ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiii + 497 pp. + Plates I-XXIV. (Genus Xantusia, p. 327).
  • Stebbins RC (2003). A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians, Third Edition. The Peterson Field Guide Series ®. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company. xiii + 533 pp. ISBN 978-0-395-98272-3. (Genus Xantusia, pp. 305-306).