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Higher TaxaHoplocercidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Spiny Weapontail
S: lagartijas de cola armorizada espinosas
Portuguese: Jacarezinho-da-Chapada, Jacarezinho-do-Cerrado, Lagarto-Espinhoso, Lagarto-de-Cauda-Espinhosa, Lagarto-de-Cauda-Espinhuda, Lagarto-Rabo-de-Abacaxi, Lagarto-Roseta, Pitoco, Rabo-de-Roseta 
SynonymHoplocercus spinosus FITZINGER 1843: 78
Pachycercus aculeatus DUGÉS & BRACONNIER in DUMÉRIL 1854: 29
Hoplocercus spinosus — BOULENGER 1885: 199
Hoplocercus spinosus — PETERS & DONOSO-BARROS 1970: 148
Hoplocercus spinosus — DIRKSEN & DE LA RIVA 1999
Hoplocercus spinosus — PIANKA & VITT 2003: 168
Hoplocercus spinosus — TORRES-CARVAJAL et al. 2011 
DistributionBrazil (Mato Grosso, Goias, S Para, Piauí), Bolivia (Santa Cruz)

Type locality: America and Brazil.  
TypesSyntypes: unlocated
Holotype: unlocated, formerly MNHN [Pachycercus aculeatus] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus and species): A depressed, short tail (tail length < snout-vent length), with enlarged spiny scales dorsally and lat- erally is unique to Hoplocercus among hoplocercines. Moreover, Hoplocercus differs from Enyalioides and Morunasaurus (character states in parentheses) in having the anterior opening of the Vidian canal on the ventral surface of the parabasisphenoid (anterior surface of the parabasisphenoid [dorsum sella] lateral to the sella turcica; Wiens & Etheridge 2003); a non-autotomic tail (autotomic; Etheridge 1967); slender and rounded sacral diapophy- ses (robust and flattened; Wiens & Etheridge 2003); and transverse processes of caudal vertebrae increasing in length from first to fourth caudal vertebra (decreasing in length throughout column; Wiens & Etheridge 2003). Hoplocercus can be further distinguished from Morunasaurus by having a parietal eye (Etheridge and de Queiroz (in Estes & Pregill, 1988), TORRES-CARVAJAL & DE QUEIROZ 2011] 
CommentType species: Hoplocercus spinosus FITZINGER 1843 is the type species of the genus Hoplocercus FITZINGER 1843. Hoplocercus is als the type genus of the (sub-) family Hoplocercinae ALIFANOV 1996. 
EtymologyEtymology (genus): hoplon (Greek) = armor, shield, kerkos (Greek) = tail. 
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