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Stenocercus empetrus FRITTS, 1972

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Higher TaxaTropiduridae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Rock Whorltail Iguana 
SynonymStenocercus empetrus FRITTS 1972: 7
Stenocercus empetrus — TORRES-CARVAJAL 2004 
DistributionPeru (high valleys on the western side of the Rio Maranon and from the adjacent crest of the Cordillera Occidental)

Type locality: ‘‘Huamachuco, 3350 m elevation, Departamento La Libertad, Perú.”  
TypesHolotype: KU 134394 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: TORRES-CARVAJAL 2007. 
CommentSympatric with S. melanopygus.

Belongs to the clades Scelotrema and Microphractoides (fide TORRES-CARVAJAL 2006). 
  • 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
  • Fritts, Thomas H. 1972. New species of lizards of the genus Stenocercus from Perú (Sauria: Iguanidae). Occasional Papers of the Museum of Natural History, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas (10): 1-21 - get paper here
  • Schlüter, U. 2005. Haltung und Zucht einiger Anden-Kielschwanzleguane (Stenocercus) aus dem peruanischen Hochland. Teil 5: Ergänzende Bemerkungen zu Stenocercus chlorostictus, zur Jugendfärbung von Stenocercus empetrus und zur Variabilität von Stenocercus chrysopygus. Reptilia (Münster) 10 (53): 56-63 - get paper here
  • Torres-Carvajal, O. 2004. The abdominal skeleton of Tropidurid lizards (Squamata: Tropiduridae). Herpetologica 60 (1): 75-83 - 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
  • VENEGAS, PABLO J.; LOURDES Y. ECHEVARRIA & SILVANA C. ALVAREZ 2014. A new species of spiny-tailed iguanid lizard (Iguania: Stenocercus) from northwestern Peru. Zootaxa 3753 (1): 047–058 - get paper here
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