Aspidoscelis sackii

Aspidoscelis sackii, known commonly as Sack's spotted whiptail, is a species of lizard in the family Teiidae. The species is endemic to Mexico. There are three recognized subspecies.

Aspidoscelis sackii
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Teiidae
Genus: Aspidoscelis
A. sackii
Binomial name
Aspidoscelis sackii
(Wiegmann, 1834)
  • Cnemidophorus sackii
    Wiegmann, 1834
  • Cnemidophorus sexlineatus sackii
    Burt, 1931
  • Cnemidophorus sackii
    H.M. Smith, 1949
  • Aspidoscelis sackii
    Reeder et al., 2002


The specific name, sackii, is in honor of German explorer Baron Sebastian Albert von Sack.[3]

Geographic rangeEdit

A. sackii is found in the Mexican states of Chiapas, Guerrero, Mexico City, Michoacán, Morelos, Oaxaca, Puebla, and Tamaulipas.[2]


The preferred natural habitats of A. sackii are forest, shrubland, and desert.[1]


A. sackii is oviparous.[2]


Three subspecies are recognized as being valid, including the nominotypical subspecies.[2]

Nota bene: A trinomial authority in parentheses indicates that the subspecies was originally described in a genus other than Aspidoscelis.


  1. ^ a b Canseco-Márquez L, Campbell JA, Ponce-Campos P, Muñoz-Alonso A (2007). "Aspidoscelis sackii ". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2007: e.T64285A12753419. Downloaded on 13 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Aspidoscelis sackii at the Reptile Database. Accessed 13 June 2019.
  3. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Aspidoscelis sackii, p. 231).

Further readingEdit

  • Boulenger GA (1885). Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Second Edition. Volume II. ... Teiidæ ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural history). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiii + 497 pp. + Plates I-XXIV. (Cnemidophorus sexlineatus Var. bocourtii, new variety, pp. 367).
  • Davis WB, Smith HM (1952). "A New Whiptailed Lizard (Genus Cnemidophorus) from Mexico". Herpetologica 8 (3): 97–100. (Cnemidophorus sackii gigas, new subspecies).
  • Hernández-Gallegos O, Pérez-Almazán C, López-Moreno AE, Granados-González G (2011). "Aspidoscelis sacki (Sack's Spotted Whiptail). Reproduction". Herpetological Review 42 (3): 428.
  • Wiegmann AFA (1834). Herpetologia Mexicana, seu descriptio amphibiorum Novae Hispaniae, quae itineribus comitis Sack, Ferdinandi Deppe et Chr. Guil. Schiede in Museum Zoologicum Berolinense pervenerunt. Pars prima, saurorum species amplectens. Adiecto systematis saurorum prodromo, additsque multis in hunc amphibiorum ordinem observationibus. Berlin: C.G. Lüderitz. vi + 54pp. + Plates I-X. (Cnemidophorus sackii, new species, pp. 28–29). (in Latin).