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Stenocercus ornatus (GRAY, 1845)

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Higher TaxaTropiduridae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Girard's Whorltail Iguana 
SynonymLeiocephalus ornatus GRAY 1845: 219
Liocephalus ornatus — BOULENGER 1885: 168
Ophryoessoides ornatus — ETHERIDGE 1966: 88
Ophryoessoides ornatus — PETERS et al. 1970: 214
Stenocercus ornatus — FRITTS 1974
Stenocercus ornatus — TORRES-CARVAJAL 2000: 27
Stenocercus orantus — LEHR 2002: 203 (in error)
Stenocercus ornatus — TORRES-CARVAJAL 2007 
DistributionW Ecuador (Loja, elevation 1500-3000 m.), NW Peru

Type locality: Guayaquil [Provincia Guayas, Ecuador]. Restricted to Loja, elevation 2150 m., Provincia Loja, Ecuador, by FRITTS 1974.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.29.72 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: TORRES-CARVAJAL 2007. 
EtymologyThe Latin ornata, -us, = decorated" or "ornamented," refers to the ornate coloration. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Vol. 2, Second edition. London, xiii+497 pp. - 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 - get paper here
  • Etheridge, Richard E. 1966. The systematic relationships of West Indian and South American lizards referred to the iguanid genus Leiocephalus. Copeia 1966 (1): 79-91 - get paper here
  • 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 - get paper here
  • Gray, J. E. 1845. Catalogue of the specimens of lizards in the collection of the British Museum. Trustees of die British Museum/Edward Newman, London: xxvii + 289 pp. - get paper here
  • Lehr, E. 2002. Amphibien und Reptilien in Peru. Natur und Tier-Verlag (Münster), 208 pp. - 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
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