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Stenocercus festae (PERACCA, 1897)

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Higher TaxaTropiduridae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesPeracca's Whorltail Iguana 
SynonymLeiocephalus festae PERACCA 1897: 6
Ophryoessoides festae — PETERS et al. 1970: 213
Stenocercus festae — FRITTS 1974
Stenocercus festae — TORRES-CARVAJAL 2000: 15
Stenocercus festae — TORRES-CARVAJAL 2007 
DistributionEcuador (Azuay, Cañar, Loja), elevation 2300-3200 m.

Type locality: Sevilla de Oro, 2630 m, Provincia Azuay, Ecuador.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesNeotype: QCAZ 4059 (designated by TORRES-CARVAJAL 2000) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis in TORRES-CARVAJAL 2007. 
CommentBelongs to the clade Boreomegalepis (fide TORRES-CARVAJAL 2006). 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Enrico Festa (1868-1939), an Italian zoologist. He visited Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria (1893) and collected in Panama and Ecuador (1895-1898). He worked for Museo e Instituto di Zoologia Sistematica dell'Universita di Torino (1899-1923) as Deputy Assistant Professor (1899), retiring as Honorary Vice Director (Beolens et al. 2011: 89). 
References
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • 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
  • Fritts, Thomas H. 1974. A multivariate evolutionary analysis of the Andean Iguanid lizards of the genus Stenocercus. San Diego Society of Natural History Memoir 7: 1-89
  • Peracca, M.G. 1897. Viaggio del Dr. Enrico Festa nell’Ecuador e regioni vicine. IV. Rettili. Bollettino dei Musei di Zoologia e di Anatomia Comparata della R. Università di Torino 12 (300): 1-20
  • 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
  • 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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