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Dr. James Ray Dixon (born 1928 in Houston, Texasmarker, U.S.marker) is Professor Emeritus and Curator Emeritus of Amphibians and Reptiles at the Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collection at Texas A&M Universitymarker. His main research focus has been the natural history of Texasmarker amphibians and reptiles and he has authored numerous field guides and scientific papers on the subject. He has also been honored by having a species of lizard named for him, the Gray Checkered Whiptail, or Cnemidophorus dixoni.


Dixon attained his bachelor of science from Howard Payne University, and his masters degree and PhD from Texas A&M University.


Dixon served as Curator of Reptiles at the Ross Allen Reptile Institute from 1954 to 1955, and as an Associate Professor of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M from 1959 until 1961. From 1961 until 1965 he was an Associate Professor of Wildlife Management at New Mexico State Universitymarker and served as a consultant to the New Mexico state Game and Fisheries department. From 1965 until 1967 he was Curator of Herpetology at the Life Sciences Division at the Los Angeles County Museum in California. In 1971 he returned to Texas to become a professor at Texas A&M University, teaching Wildlife and Fisheries Science. He published his first Texas field guide, Amphibians and Reptiles of Texas in 1987.


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