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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