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New Horned Lizard Species Found in Mexico

Adrián Nieto-Montes de Oca, Diego Arenas-Moreno, Elizabeth Beltrán-Sánchez, and Adam D. Leaché (2014) A New Species of Horned Lizard (Genus Phrynosoma) from Guerrero, México, with an Updated Multilocus Phylogeny. Herpetologica: June 2014, Vol. 70, No. 2,

New Horned Lizard Species Found in Mexico

Researchers trekking through the Sierra Madre del Sur mountain range in Mexico have discovered a new species of horned lizard. Described in the June issue of Herpetologica, the reptile has been named Phrynosoma sherbrookei; its small body size, short tail, unique horns, and DNA samples distinguish it from others. Although the horned lizards are rarely considered threatened, P. sherbrookei’s small geographic distribution in a region called Guerrero has prompted the researchers to suggest it be placed on the “threatened” and “under special protection” lists.

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