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Plestiodon tetragrammus  Baird, 1859
Taxonomic Serial No.: 208908

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Species  
  Synonym(s): Eumeces tetragrammus (Baird, 1859)
  Common Name(s): Four-lined Skink [English]
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                      ClassReptilia Laurenti, 1768 – répteis, reptiles, Reptiles  
                         OrderSquamata Oppel, 1811 – Amphisbaenians, Lizards, Snakes, amphisbènes, lézards, serpents  
                               FamilyScincidae Oppel, 1811 – Skinks  
                                  SubfamilyScincinae Oppel, 1811  
                                     GenusPlestiodon A. M. C. Duméril and Bibron, 1839 – toothy skinks  
                                        SpeciesPlestiodon tetragrammus Baird, 1859 – Four-lined Skink  
    Direct Children:  
                                           Subspecies Plestiodon tetragrammus brevilineatus (Cope, 1880) – Short-lined Skink 
                                           Subspecies Plestiodon tetragrammus tetragrammus Baird, 1859 – Four-lined Skink, Long-lined Skink 

  Expert: Peter Uetz  
  Notes: Associate Professor, CSBC   
  Reference for: Plestiodon tetragrammus    
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: NODC Taxonomic Code, database (version 8.0)  
  Acquired: 1996   
  Reference for: Plestiodon tetragrammus   
  Source: Reptile Database (Mar 2022), website (version Mar-2022)  
  Acquired: 2002   
  Notes: Uetz, P., Freed, P., Aguilar, R. & Hosek, J. (eds.) (2022) The Reptile Database,, accessed 9 May 2022   
  Reference for: Plestiodon tetragrammus   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Cope, E. D.  
  Publication Date: 1900   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: The Crocodilians, Lizards, and Snakes of North America   
  Page(s): 153-1270   
  Publisher: Government Printing Office   
  Publication Place: Washington, D.C., USA   
  Notes: This publication is from the Report of the U.S. National Museum for 1898, pages 153-1270 with 36 plates.   
  Reference for: Plestiodon tetragrammus   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Crother, Brian I., Ronald M. Bonett, Jeff Boundy, Frank T. Burbrink, et al. / Moriarty, John J., ed.  
  Publication Date: 2017   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Scientific and Standard English Names of Amphibians and Reptiles of North America North of Mexico, with Comments Regarding Confidence in Our Understanding, Eighth Ed.   
  Page(s): 102   
  Publisher: Herpetological Circular, no. 43   
  Publication Place:    
  ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-946681-003   
  Notes: Available free as PDF, and as updated database, at   
  Reference for: Four-lined Skink[English]   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Lieb, C. S.  
  Publication Date: 1990   
  Article/Chapter Title: Eumeces tetragrammus   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles   
  Page(s): 492.1-492.4   
  Publisher: Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles   
  Publication Place: Athens, Ohio, USA   
  Reference for: Plestiodon tetragrammus   

 Geographic Information
  Geographic Division: Middle America  
    North America  
  Jurisdiction/Origin: Continental US, Native  
    Mexico, Native  






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