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Conserved ontogeny of color pattern leads to the misdiagnosis of Scincid lizards of the Plestiodon skiltonianus species complex

Released: 2013
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Shedd, JD, JQ Richmond. 2013. Conserved ontogeny of color pattern leads to the misdiagnosis of Scincid lizards of the Plestiodon skiltonianus species complex. Herpetological Review 44(3): 417-420

Despite years of field collecting and DNA sequence data from hundreds of individuals (including sequences obtained from museum specimens that were incorrectly identified as P. skiltonianus), we have yet to recover a P. skiltonianus specimen from locations south of the Yuba River, with the exception of a single site at approximately 1430 m and 14 km SSE of the Yuba River, until Tulare County in the southern Sierra Nevada. We suspect that a number of museum specimens collected from this same region at lower elevation are incorrectly identified as P. skiltonianus and instead belong to the Sierran “gilberti” lineage as identified in Richmond and Reeder (2002). In fact, bright blue juvenile tail color and the continuation of the dark, lateral stripe past the hindlimbs are the two characters that appear largely responsible for these misidentifications. (Excerpt)


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