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Phrynosoma diminutum MONTANUCCI, 2015

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Higher TaxaPhrynosomatidae, Phrynosomatinae, Phrynosomatini; Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesSan Luis Valley Short-horned Lizard 
SynonymPhrynosoma diminutum MONTANUCCI 2015
Phrynosoma douglassi — GENTRY 1885: 140 (part)
Phrynosoma douglassii hernandesi — COPE 1900: 413 (part)
Phrynosoma douglassii ornatissimum — VAN DENBURGH 1922: 377(part)
Phrynosoma douglassii ornatissimum — SMITH 1946: 305 (part)
Phrynosoma douglassii ornatissimum — REEVE 1952: 927 (part)
Phrynosoma hernandezi — ZAMUDIO et al. 1997: 302 (part) 
DistributionUSA (Colorado, probably N New Mexico)

Type locality: Medano Road, just outside Medano Ranch, Alamosa County, Colorado.  
TypesHolotype. UCM 61895, adult female, collected from Medano Road, just outside The Nature Conservancy’s Medano Ranch, 2,308 m., Alamosa County, Colorado, by A. Schneider and A. Mitchell on 4 August 2006 (Fig. 14).
Paratypes. LSUMZ 13834–37, 13839–40, MEL 1013, 1015, 1016, MVZ 27042, UCM 3894, 3898, 48465– 66, 51268, 61896, UMMZ 62242, 62244, 62247–52, 62255–58, 62261–64, USNM 8558, 44888, 44890. See Appendix I for locality data. 
CommentDistribution: see map 9 in Montanucci 2015: 169. 
EtymologyThe subspecific epithet diminutum, Latin perfect participle of dēmĭnŭo, dēmĭnuěre, meaning “diminutive,” is in reference to the small adult size of this species. 
  • Cope, E.D. 1900. The crocodilians, lizards and snakes of North America. Ann. Rep. U.S. Natl. Mus. 1898: 153-1270 - get paper here
  • Gentry, A.F. 1885. A review of the genus Phrynosoma. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philad. (ser. 3) 37: 138-148 - get paper here
  • MONTANUCCI, RICHARD R. 2015. A taxonomic revision of the Phrynosoma douglasii species complex (Squamata: Phrynosomatidae) Zootaxa 4015 (1): 001–177
  • Reeve, Wayne L. 1952. Taxonomy and distribution of the horned lizard genus Phrynosoma. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 34 (14): 817-960 - get paper here
  • Smith, Hobart M. 1946. Handbook of Lizards: Lizards of the United States and of Canada. Comstock, Ithaca, NY, xxii + 557 pp.
  • Van Denburgh, John 1922. The Reptiles of Western North America. Volume I. Lizards and Volume II. Snakes and Turtles. Occ. Pap. Cal. Acad. Sci. (10): 1–612; 613-1028 - get paper here
  • Zamudio, Kelly R., Jones, K. Bruce & Ward, Ryk H. 1997. Molecular systematics of Short-horned lizards: Biogeography and taxonomy of a widespread species complex. Systematic Biology 46 (2): 284-305 - get paper here
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