Field notes from the past (12): The Tiger

…He told me many stories of the Thylacine or Native Tiger, which is more abundant here than in any other part of the island, and takes a considerably yearly toll from the flocks of sheep. Since this carnivorous Marsupial is regularly hunted and trapped by the shepherds, and since it occurs only in the little…

Another adaptation story in Tropidurus

Cover photo: Tropidurus hispidus, by Fernando Flores available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license   Spanish version here! Almost since the beginning of this series it was already decided that Tropidurus would be left until the end. The reason is that I personally don’t know much about this genus. Additionally the species of the genus…

What can proportions tell us?

Versión en español aquí! Using the same data of my Tropidurinae lizards project I decided to do a quick experiment. Just wanted to visibly represent the differences in the morphological proportions of the genera within the Tropidurinae clade. In the original project I measured 15 morphological traits from museum specimens of 10 genera within the…

The identity of Ctenoblepharys

Versión en español aquí! Taxonomy is the study that reflects the obsession of humans for classifying everything. However, its utility is undeniable. The evolutionary relationships revealed through a correct taxonomic evaluation can help to answer several questions in respect to traits and behaviors showed by different species. Within tropidurines, the sub-family Liolaemidae is probably the…