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Microlophus atacamensis (DONOSO-BARROS, 1960)

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Higher TaxaTropiduridae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Atacamen Pacific Iguana 
SynonymTropidurus peruvianus atacamensis DONOSO-BARROS 1960: 69
Microlophus Lessoni DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1837: 336
Tropidurus peruvianus marianus DONOSO-BARROS 1966 (fide ORTIZ-ZAPATA 1980)
Tropidurus peruvianus atacamensis — PETERS et al. 1970: 268
Tropidurus atacamensis — ORTIZ-ZAPATA 1980
Microlophus atacamensis — FROST 1992 
DistributionChile (Atacama desert)

Type locality: Atacama desert, Chile; “Caldera, Atacama, Chile” fide Donoso-Barros 1966: 153  
TypesHolotype: IZUA (Inst. Zool. Univ. Chile) No. 11106. 
CommentTroncoso-Palacios & Marambio-Alfaro (2021) synonymized Microlophus Lessoni DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1837: 336 with Microlophus marianus. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Ávila, J. M., & Marambio-Alfaro, Y. 2023. Reptiles of the Atacama Region, northern Chile: localities, and representation in provinces, ecogeographic landscapes, vegetation formations and protected areas. Gayana, 87(2), 108-122 - get paper here
  • Demangel, Diego 2016. Reptiles en Chile. Fauna Nativa Ediciones, Santiago, 619 pp - get paper here
  • Donoso-Barros, R. 1966. Reptiles de Chile. Santiago: Univ. Chile, 458 + cxlvi pp.
  • Donoso-Barros,R. 1960. Ecología de los reptiles chilenos. Invest. Zool. Chilensis 6: 65-72
  • Eickhoff, Hans-Peter;Heisig, Michaela 1991. Zur Haltung des chilenschen Kielschwanzleguans Tropidurus atacamensis. Herpetofauna 13 (72): 6-10 - get paper here
  • Eifler, M; Godoy, W B & Eifler, D A 2018. Microlophus atacamensis (Atacamensis Pacific Iguana) Diet. Herpetological Review 49 (3): 537-538 - get paper here
  • Frost, Darrel R. 1992. Phylogenetic analysis and taxonomy of the Tropidurus group of lizards (Iguania: Tropidurudae). American Museum Novitates (3033): 1-68 - get paper here
  • Nagy, Kenneth A.; Carlos Guerra-Correa, Vaughan H. Shoemaker 2021. Dining Intertidally: Diet, Energetics, and Osmotic Relations of Two Shoreline-Foraging Tropidurid Lizard Species. South American Journal of Herpetology 20 (1): 8-16 - get paper here
  • Núñez, H. and A. Veloso 2001. Distribución geográfica de las especies de lagartos de la región de Antofagasta, Chile. Bol. Mus. Nac.Hist. Nat. 50: 109-120
  • Ortiz-Zapata, J.C. 1980. Revision taxonomica del género Tropidurus en Chile. Reunion Iberoam. Zool. Vertebr. 1: 355-377 (1977)
  • Troncoso-Palacios, Jaime 2014. Nueva lista actualizada de los reptiles terrestres de la Región de Atacama, Chile. Boletín Chileno de Herpetología 1: 1-4 - get paper here
  • Troncoso-Palacios, Jaime; Yery Marambio-Alfaro 2021. Nomenclature and taxonomic status of the lizards listed by Philippi (1860) (Squamata: Liolaemidae, Teiidae and Tropiduridae). Cuadernos de Herpetología 35 (S1): 175-192
  • UTSUMI, KAERA; CATHERINE STALEY, HERMAN NÚÑEZ, MARIA A. EIFLER & DOUGLAS A. EIFLER. 2022. The social system of the lava lizard, Microlophus atacamensis: the interplay between social structure and social organization. Revista Chilena de Historia Natural 95(1): 9. - get paper here
  • Werning, H. 2009. Auf den Spuren von Darwin durch Südamerika Teil 3: Vom kalten Regenwald in die trockenste Wüste. Reptilia (Münster) 14 (80): 52-63 - get paper here
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