Short-tailed horned lizard

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Short-tailed horned lizard
Phrynosoma braconnieri.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Sauropsida
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Phrynosomatidae
Genus: Phrynosoma
Species: P. braconnieri
Binomial name
Phrynosoma braconnieri
A.H.A. Duméril & Bocourt, 1870[1]

The short-tailed horned lizard (Phrynosoma braconnieri) is an uncommon species of horned lizard endemic to Mexico. It has a very distinct, shortened tail, which is sometimes not apparent.


The specific epithet, braconnieri, is in honor of French naturalist Séraphin Braconnier.[2]


This species has a very short tail relative to its body length, the shortest of the horned lizards, or indeed of any lizard, thus its common name.[3]


Phrynosoma braconnieri inhabits pine-oak woodland and xeric thorn-scrub.[3] It can also be found in corn fields or other traditional agricultural areas.[4]

Geographic range[edit]

The short-tailed horned lizard is found in the Mexican states of Puebla and Oaxaca. It may also inhabit Veracruz.[3]


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  2. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Phrynosoma braconnieri, p. 36).
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Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA. 1885. Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Second Edition. Volume II. Iguanidæ ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiii + 497 pp. + Plates I-XXIV. (Phrynosoma braconnieri, p. 248).