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A Nomenclatural Rearrangement of the Genus Anniella (Sauria: Anniellidae)

Lawrence E. Hunt
Copeia
Vol. 1983, No. 1 (Feb. 10, 1983), pp. 79-89
DOI: 10.2307/1444700
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1444700
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A Nomenclatural Rearrangement of the Genus Anniella (Sauria: Anniellidae)
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Abstract

The holotype of Anniella pulchra Gray, 1852 is shown to be member of the species currently associated with the name Anniella geronimensis Shaw, 1940, not of the species presently bearing the name pulchra. Anniella geronimensis Shaw, 1940 is relegated to the synonymy of Anniella pulchra Gray, 1852 and the name pulchra is applied to the species occurring on Isla San Geronimo and the adjacent mainland of Baja California Norte, Mexico. The next oldest available name, Anniella nigra Fischer, 1885 is applied to the wide-ranging species of California and Baja California Norte formerly called Anniella pulchra. Since this form previously had two recognized subspecies, the nominate form becomes Anniella nigra nigra Fischer, new combination. The next available name, Anniella texana Boulenger, 1887, synonymized by Van Denburgh in 1905 into what was formerly Anniella pulchra pulchra, is shown to be a synonym of Anniella nigra nigra Fischer and as such, is unavailable for application as a trinomial. A replacement name (A. n. argentea) is proposed to fill this gap.

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