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Gray Checkered Whiptail

By Richard Bartlett
Fri, June 17 2016 at 14:46

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Alex Hall - #1 - 2016-07-18 20:27 - (Reply)

Along with James Cordes and Jim Walker, I study systematics in Aspidoscelis dixoni and A. tesselata, but I have yet to actually find A. dixoni in the wild. I know where to find it in Texas on TPWD land, but they won't let even scientists get in there. I've been out towards the Chinati mountains, but never saw any, as I couldn't get close enough to the habitats I know about. I'm actually not entirely convinced this is A. dixoni, but instead A. marmorata. Of course, A. dixoni is a hybrid between an A. marmorata and A. septemvittata. The absence of abrubtly enlarged gular scales and the mottled dorsal pattern are the biggest clues, to me. Of course, having an animal in hand is much easier to ID.

Please email me to get in touch. I'd love to know about this locality and your findings. I would like to investigate this locality some time.
allopatry (at) gmail (dot) com


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