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Five Species Found Only in Mexico

Wade C. Sherbrooke

in Introduction to Horned Lizards of North America

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780520228252
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926752 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520228252.003.0006
Five Species Found Only in Mexico

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There are five species of horned lizards only found in Mexico. The giant horned lizard (Phrynosoma asio) is found only in semiarid basins of southwestern Mexico. The short-tail horned lizard (Phrynosoma braconnieri) is a rare species found in open arid and semiarid basins in southern Mexico. The rock horned lizard (Phrynosoma ditmarsi) is known to be found in only four localities in the state of Sonora, Mexico. The Mexican-plateau horned lizard (Phrynosoma orbiculare) is found at high elevations, throughout the plateaus and mountain ranges of central Mexico. Finally, the bull horned lizard (Phrynosoma taurus) occurs in dry habitats of three southern states of Mexico: Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Puebla.

Keywords: Mexico; giant horned lizard; short-tail horned lizard; rock horned lizard; Mexican-plateau horned lizard; bull horned lizard

Chapter.  1513 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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