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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Cladus: Unidentata Episquamata

Subordo: Lacertoidea
Superfamilia: Gymnophthalmoidea

Familia: Teiidae
Subfamilia: Teiinae
Genus: Dicrodon
Species (3): D. guttulatum – D. heterolepis – D. holmbergi

Dicrodon Duméril & Bibron, 1839: 137

Type species: Dicrodon guttulatum Duméril & Bibron, 1839, by monotypy.
Primary references

Duméril, A.M.C. & Bibron, G. 1839. Erpétologie Générale on Histoire Naturelle Complète des Reptiles. Tome cinquième. Librairie Encyclopédique de Roret: Paris. VIII + 854 pp. BHL Reference page.


Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2022. Dicrodon . The Reptile Database. Accessed on 6 November 2018.

Vernacular names
English: Desert Tegus

Dicrodon is a genus of lizards in the family Teiidae. Commonly known as desert tegus, there are three described species.

Geographic range

Desert tegus are found in South America, specifically in Peru and Ecuador.

Desert tegus are the smallest species of tegu.[1]

The following species, listed alphabetically by specific name, are recognized as being valid.[2][3]

Dicrodon guttulatum A.M.C. Duméril & Bibron, 1839 – Peru desert tegu
Dicrodon heterolepis (Tschudi, 1845) – Ecuador desert tegu
Dicrodon holmbergi K.P. Schmidt, 1957 – Holmberg's desert tegu

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Dicrodon.

The specific name, holmbergi, is honor of American anthropologist Allan R. Holmberg (1909–1966), who collected the holotype in 1947 during his ethnological investigations in Peru.[4]

GBIF.org[dead link]
Genus Dicrodon at The Reptile Database
GBIF.org[dead link]

Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Dicrodon holmbergi, p. 125).

Further reading

Duméril AMC, Bibron G (1839). Erpétologie générale ou Histoire naturelle complète des Reptiles. Tome cinquième [Volume 5]. Paris: Roret. viii + 854 pp. (Dicrodon, new genus, pp. 137–138; D. guttulatum, new species, pp. 138–140). (in French).

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