Phymaturus: Lizards running on ash

Cover image by flickr user Javier Orellana Versión en español aquí! After many months, the last of the tropidurines has arrived. Phymaturus is a very particular genus of lizards and stands out of the rest of the genera in Tropidurinae because of its particular morphology, adapted to a life in rocky micro-habitats. In general, the…

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…

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…

Microlophus: Who’s taking care of the lava lizards?

cover picture by Flickr user claumoho Versión en español aquí! I took my first steps as an evolutionary biologist studying some very common coastal lizards. As I already wrote in previous posts, these lizards belong to the genus Microlophus. As I probably also mentioned before, it’s highly probable that every young herpetologist from Lima will have…

The warning of Leiocephalus

Cover drawing obtained from Cooper (2001). Spanish version here! Leiocephalus is a genus of lizards that are mainly distributed in the Caribbean, although at least one species can be found in the United States after its introduction about 70 years ago. I won’t focus in the basic ecological characteristics of these also called “curly tailed lizards”,…

Plica: Entre el suelo y el canopy

English version below! Después de algunas semanas de no haber podido escribir puedo volver a publicar algo. Este tiempo fue usado para terminar finalmente mi tesis de maestría, la que originalmente dio vida a la serie “tropidúridos” que estoy escribiendo. La tesis salió increíble, con resultados interesantes sobre los que tendré que escribir pronto. Sin…