Sceloporus merriami longipunctatus From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Presidio Canyon Lizard Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Reptilia Order: Squamata Suborder: Sauria Family: Phrynosomatidae Genus: Sceloporus Species: S. merriami Subspecies: S. m. longipunctatus Trinomial name Sceloporus merriami longipunctatusOlson, 1973 The Presidio Canyon Lizard (Sceloporus merriami longipunctatus) is a subspecies of the Canyon Lizard native to a narrow range in the Big Bend region of the US state of Texas and into adjacent states northern Mexico. It is unknown if it interbreeds with the other subspecies of Canyon Lizard found in the same region, but it is likely. The epithet longipunctatus is a combination of the Latin words long meaning "long", punctum meaning "spot", and suffix -atus meaning "pertaining to", which literally describes the elongated spots on the lizard's back which are a diagnostic of the subspecies. The first specimen was collected in 1971 by R. Earl Olson in Presidio County, Texas.
Sceloporus merriami longipunctatus
The distinct blue belly of the male.
My dad can be googled for his research on a specific lizard. If is funny that I know a lot about this lizard too. I heard the name about a million times growing up. We spent many a "vacation" in the deserts of the South Western US and Mexico, looking for and collecting these lizards. I was looking up how to spell Sceloporus Merriami, so I googled it. Then my dad came up on several sites.