Artenkatalog
Catalogue of species

Grüne Regenwaldechse

The iguanian lizard Stenocercus is currently composed of 68 species that occur at elevations of between 0–4000 m in the Andes and adjacent lowland areas from northern Venezuela and Colombia to central Argentina, with some species present in the Atlantic lowlands between southern Brazil and central Argentina, and other species present in northeastern Brazil. The Stenocercus lizards are one of the most geographically and ecologically-widespread reptile taxa currently ranked as a genus in South America. The major diversity of Stenocercus occurs in Peru with currently 41 species. However, the diversity of Stenocercus in Peru remains underestimated due to the complex geography and diverse terrain, and inadequate sampling in herpetological terms, with some regions not yet explored at all. Our new species of Stenocercus was discovered between 2010 and 2015 in different expeditions through the montane forests of the Huallaga Canyon at the Yunga ecoregion of Central Peru. This species is an arboreal lizard with a short spiny tail that reaches to 80 mm in body length and is one of the few species of the genus with the ability to change colors from emerald green to dark brown or gray. Among the 68 known species of Stenocercus, this new species can be easily distinguished from the rest by having the combination of a short spiny tail and a fine low dorsal crest. The arboreal habitus of this lizard makes it difficult to find and study in the wild. The habitat of this new species is very fragmented by the agriculture and cattle ranching.

The minimum donation for this new species is 4.000 Euros.

Nr.: 304

Stenocercus
  • Gattung / Genus:
    Stenocercus
  • Neuer Art-Name / New species name:
    n.n.
  • Herkunft / Origin:
    Peru
  • Beschreiber / Describer:
    Pablo Venegas et al.

Green rainforest lizard

The iguanian lizard Stenocercus is currently composed of 68 species that occur at elevations of between 0–4000 m in the Andes and adjacent lowland areas from northern Venezuela and Colombia to central Argentina, with some species present in the Atlantic lowlands between southern Brazil and central Argentina, and other species present in northeastern Brazil. The Stenocercus lizards are one of the most geographically and ecologically-widespread reptile taxa currently ranked as a genus in South America. The major diversity of Stenocercus occurs in Peru with currently 41 species. However, the diversity of Stenocercus in Peru remains underestimated due to the complex geography and diverse terrain, and inadequate sampling in herpetological terms, with some regions not yet explored at all. Our new species of Stenocercus was discovered between 2010 and 2015 in different expeditions through the montane forests of the Huallaga Canyon at the Yunga ecoregion of Central Peru. This species is an arboreal lizard with a short spiny tail that reaches to 80 mm in body length and is one of the few species of the genus with the ability to change colors from emerald green to dark brown or gray. Among the 68 known species of Stenocercus, this new species can be easily distinguished from the rest by having the combination of a short spiny tail and a fine low dorsal crest. The arboreal habitus of this lizard makes it difficult to find and study in the wild. The habitat of this new species is very fragmented by the agriculture and cattle ranching.

The minimum donation for this new species is 4.000 Euros.

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