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Stenocercus angel TORRES-CARVAJAL, 2000

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Higher TaxaTropiduridae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymStenocercus angel TORRES-CARVAJAL 2000
Stenocercus angel — TORRES-CARVAJAL 2007 
DistributionEcuador (Carchi)

Type locality: 8 km NE El Angel on road to Tulcán, Provincia Carchi, Ecuador (00° 40’ N, 77° 52’ W)  
TypesHolotype: QCAZ 3733 (Museo de Zoología, Pontificia Unversidad Católica del Ecuador) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: TORRES-CARVAJAL 2007. 
CommentMost closely related to S. guentheri (TORRES-CARVAJAL 2006).

Belongs to the clade Boreomegalepis (fide TORRES-CARVAJAL 2006). 
EtymologyNamed after the Paramo del Angel, where the species was found initially. This paramo is considered to be one of the most humid Ecuadorian paramos, and it includes one of the few populations of Espeletia (Asteraceae) in Ecuador (Coello, 1994); Espeletia is endemic to the northern Andes. 
  • Carranza, S.; E. N. Arnold & F. Amat 2004. DNA phylogeny of Lacerta (Iberolacerta) and other lacertine lizards (Reptilia: Lacertidae): did competition cause long-term mountain restriction? Systematics and Biodiversity 2 (1): 57-77 - get paper here
  • Torres-Carvajal O, Pazmiño-Otamendi G, Salazar-Valenzuela D. 2019. Reptiles of Ecuador: a resource-rich portal, with a dynamic checklist and photographic guides. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 13 (1): [General Section]: 209–229 (e178) - get paper here
  • Torres-Carvajal, Omar 2000. Ecuadorian lizards of the genus Stenocercus (Squamata: Tropiduridae). Scientific papers of the Natural History Museum, University of Kansas, (15): 1-38 - get paper here
  • Torres-Carvajal, Omar; James A. Schulte II and John E. Cadle 2006. Phylogenetic relationships of South American lizards of the genus Stenocercus (Squamata: Iguania): A new approach using a general mixture model for gene sequence data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 39 (1): 171-185 - get paper here
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