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Microlophus thoracicus (TSCHUDI, 1845)

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Higher TaxaTropiduridae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesMicrolophus thoracicus thoracicus (TSCHUDI 1845)
Microlophus thoracicus talarae DIXON & WRIGHT 1975
Microlophus thoracicus icae DIXON & WRIGHT 1975 
Common NamesTschudi's Pacific Iguana 
SynonymSteirolepis thoracica TSCHUDI 1845
Tropidurus thomasi BOULENGER 1900
Tropidurus thoracicus — HENLE & EHRL 1991
Microlophus thoracicus — FROST 1992
Microlophus thoracicus — LEHR 2002: 85
Tropidurus thoracicus — TORRES-CARVAJAL 2004
Microlophus thoracicus — TOYAMA et al. 2018 
DistributionWC Peru

Type locality: Huacho, Ica, Pisco, and Islay, Peru (restricted to the vicinity of Huacho, Lima Dept., Peru, by DIXON & WRIGHT 1975).

talarae: vicinity of Talara, Peru; Type locality: 2 km N Talara, Piura Dept, Peru.

icae: vicinity of Ica, Peru; Type locality: 12 km NE (rd), Ica, Ica Dept, Peru.  
TypesLectotype: ZMB 4318 (Mertens 1956).
Holotype: LACM 48987. Collected J 5 December 1968 by James R. Dixon and John W . Wright. [icae]
Holotype: TCWC 28507. Collected 3 December 1968 by John W. Wright and James R. Dixon [talarae] 
CommentSynonymy: Tropidurus thoracicus icae has been placed in the synonymy with T. t. thoracicus by HENLE & EHRL 1991. 
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Henle K. and EHRL A. 1991. Zur Reptilienfauna Perus nebst Beschreibung eines neuen Anolis (Iguanidae) und zweier neuer Schlangen (Colubridae). Bonner Zoologische Beiträge 42 (2): 143 - 180. - get paper here
  • Lehr, E. 1997. Das Portrait: Microlophus thoracicus thoracicus. Sauria 19 (4): 1-2 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Schlüter, U. 2000. Wüstenkielschwanzleguane aus Peru. DRACO Nr. 4, 1(4): 44-49
  • Torres-Carvajal, O. 2004. The abdominal skeleton of Tropidurid lizards (Squamata: Tropiduridae). Herpetologica 60 (1): 75-83 - get paper here
  • Toyama, K. S., Junes, K., Ruiz, J., Mendoza, A., & Pérez, J. M. 2018. Ontogenetic Changes in the Diet and Head Morphology of an Omnivorous Tropidurid Lizard (Microlophus thoracicus). Zoology, 129: 45–53 - get paper here
  • Toyama, Ken Sebastian 2016. Evidence of adaptive evolution in the cranial morphology of Tropidurid lizards from coastal Peru Herpetology Notes 9: 47-53 - get paper here
  • Tschudi,J. J. von 1845. Reptilium conspectum quae in republica Peruana reperiuntur er pleraque observata vel collecta sunt in itenere. Archiv für Naturgeschichte 11 (1): 150-170 [reprint 1968, SSAR; sometimes cited as being published in 1846]. - get paper here
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