Further clarification of the taxonomic and phylogenetic relationships of Eumeces gilberti and Eumeces skiltonianus is achieved by the comparisons of the skull, mandible elements, and the anterior myology of these two species. Figures are provided to compliment the descriptions. The study confirms their close relationship and few differences are observed. E. skiltonianus, however, appears to have more anatomical plasticity which suggests that E. gilberti may have arisen from the former.
College and Department
Plant and Wildlife Sciences
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Nash, David F., "A comparative study of the head and thoracic osteology and myology of the skinks, Eumeces gilberti Van Denburgh and Eumeces skiltonianus (Baird and Girard)" (1970). Theses and Dissertations. 7837.
Eumeces gilberti; Eumeces skiltonianus; Skinks; Lizards