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Abronia smithi is a species of lizards in the family Anguidae. Known by the common name Smith's arboreal alligator lizard, the species is endemic to the state of Chiapas in Mexico.[1][2]

Abronia smithi
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Anguidae
Genus: Abronia
A. smithi
Binomial name
Abronia smithi
Campbell and Frost, 1993
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Taxonomy and etymologyEdit

A. smithi was described in 1993 by Jonathan A. Campbell and Darrel Frost, and named after the American herpetologist Hobart Muir Smith.[3][4]

Habitat and geographic rangeEdit

A. smithi is an arboreal species which lives in the canopies of large trees in the cloud forests of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas.[1] Its elevational range is 1,800–2,800 m (5,900–9,200 ft) above sea level.[1][2]

Conservation statusEdit

A. smithi is only known to exist in a few localities in Chiapas. It is uncommon and may be threatened by deforestation, but it occurs in protected habitat, including the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Campbell JA, Muñoz-Alonso A (2007). Abronia smithi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. Downloaded on 26 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b Abronia smithi at the Reptile Database. Accessed 10 October 2017.
  3. ^ Campbell, Jonathan A.; Frost, Darrel R. (1993). "Anguid lizards of the genus Abronia: revisionary notes, descriptions of four new species, a phylogenetic analysis, and key". Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History. 216: 1–121.
  4. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael & Grayson, Michael (6 September 2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. JHU Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0227-7. (Abronia smithi, p. 247).