Ctenosaura clarki

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Ctenosaurs clarki
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Iguanidae
Genus: Ctenosaura
Species: C. clarki
Binomial name
Ctenosaura clarki
Bailey, 1928[1]
  • Ctenosaura clarki Bailey, 1928
  • Enyaliosaurus clarki
    H.M. Smith & Taylor, 1950
  • Ctenosaura clarki – Liner, 1994
  • Ctenosaura (Enyaliosaurus) clarki – Köhler et al., 2000[2]

Ctenosaura clarki, commonly known as the Balsas armed lizard, Michoacán dwarf spiny-tailed iguana, or nopiche,[3] is a species of lizard in the family Iguanidae.


The specific name, clarki, is in honor of Dr. Herbert C. Clark, director of medical research and laboratories, United Fruit Co., for his support of the herpetological collection of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University.

Geographic range[edit]

It is endemic to the Balsas dry forests in the state of Michoacán in western Mexico.

Conservation status[edit]

It is threatened by habitat loss.[4]


  1. ^ "Ctenosaura clarki". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2 January 2008. 
  2. ^ The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  3. ^ Duellman, William E.; Ann S. Duellman (1959-02-16). "Variation, Distribution, and Ecology of the Iguanid Lizard Enyaliosaurus clarki of Michoacan, Mexico". Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology (University of Michigan) 598. 
  4. ^ Köhler, G. (2004). Ctenosaura clarki. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 2 January 2008.

Further reading[edit]

  • Bailey, J.W. 1928. A revision of the lizards of the genus Ctenosaura. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 73: 1-55.