Ctenosaura clarki

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Ctenosaura clarki
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
J.W. Bailey, 1928[1]
  • Ctenosaura clarki J.W. Bailey, 1928
  • Enyaliosaurus clarki
    H.M. Smith & Taylor, 1950
  • Ctenosaura clarki Liner, 1994
  • Ctenosaura (Enyaliosaurus) clarki G. 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 Charles Clark (1877-1960), director of medical research and laboratories, United Fruit Co., for his support of the herpetological collection of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University.[4][5]

Geographic range[edit]

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

Conservation status[edit]

C. clarki is threatened by habitat loss.[6]


  1. ^ "Ctenosaura clarki". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2 January 2008. 
  2. ^ The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  3. ^ Duellman, William E.; Duellman, Ann S. (1959-02-16). "Variation, Distribution, and Ecology of the Iguanid Lizard Enyaliosaurus clarki of Michoacan, Mexico" (PDF). Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology. University of Michigan. 598. 
  4. ^ Bailey JW. 1928. p. 2.
  5. ^ 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. ("Ctenosaura clarkii [sic]", p. 54).
  6. ^ Köhler G (2004). "Ctenosaura clarki". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2006. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 2 January 2008. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Bailey JW. 1928. "A revision of the lizards of the genus Ctenosaura". Proc. United States Nat. Mus. 73: 1-55. (Ctenosaura clarki, new species, pp. 44–46 + plate 27).