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Microlophus koepckeorum (MERTENS, 1956)

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Higher TaxaTropiduridae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymTropidurus occipitalis koepckeorum MERTENS 1956: 117
Tropidurus koepckeorum — DIXON & WRIGHT 1975
Plesiomicrolophus koepckeorum — FROST 1992
Microlophus koepckeorum — FROST et al. 2001
Microlophus koepckeorum — LEHR 2002: 84 
DistributionPeru (foothills along the east side of the Sechura Desert, south to the Rio Shigiay)

Type locality: above Pariacoto, 1600 m elevation, Department of Ancash, Peru.  
TypesHolotype: SMF 50337, adult male. 
EtymologyNamed after Hans and Maria Koepcke, German biologists working in Peru. Hans Koepcke (died 2000) was an ecologist while his wife Maria (1924-1971) was a ornithologist who was killed from injuries in a plane crash that their daughter Juliane survived as the only survivor (Hans was not on board). Juliane’s story was recounted in Laborjournal (1-2/ 2011: 58). 
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  • Chávez, G. & Venegas, P. 2007. Looking for Macanches in the dry forest of Peru. Reptilia (GB) (51): 54-59 - get paper here
  • Dixon, J.R. & WRIGHT,J.W. 1975. A review of the lizards of the iguanid genus Tropidurus in Peru. Contrib. Sci. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Cty. 271: 1-39 - 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
  • Frost, Darrel R., Miguel T. Rodrigues, Taran Grant, and Tom A. Titus 2001. Phylogenetics of the Lizard Genus Tropidurus (Squamata: Tropiduridae: Tropidurinae): Direct Optimization, Descriptive Efficiency, and Sensitivity Analysis of Congruence Between Molecular Data and Morphology. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 21 (3): 352–371 - get paper here
  • Goldberg, S.R. & Bursey, C.R. 2009. Helminths from seven species of Microlophus (Squamata: Tropiduridae). Salamandra 45 (2): 125-128 - get paper here
  • HARVEY, Michael B. & RONALD L. GUTBERLET JR 2000. A phylogenetic analysis of the tropidurine lizards (Squamata: Tropiduridae), including new characters of squamation and epidermal microstructure. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 128: 189–233.
  • Lehr, E. 2002. Amphibien und Reptilien in Peru. Natur und Tier-Verlag (Münster), 208 pp. - get paper here
  • Lehr, E.; Köhler, G. & Streit, B. 2002. Die Herpetofauna von Mittelperu entlang eines Transektes von der pazifischen Küste bis in die Hochanden (Amphibia et Reptilia). Faun. Abh. Mus. Tierk. Dresden 22 (2): 361-392
  • Mertens, R. 1956. Studien über die Herpetofauna Perus I. Zur Kenntniss der Iguaniden-Gattung Tropidurus in Peru. Senckenbergiana biologica 37: 101-136
  • Schlüter, U. 2000. Wüstenkielschwanzleguane aus Peru. DRACO Nr. 4, 1(4): 44-49
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