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Dicrodon guttulatum.jpg
Dicrodon guttulatum
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Teiidae
Subfamily: Teiinae
Genus: Dicrodon
A.M.C. Duméril & Bibron, 1839

3 species, see text

Dicrodon guttulatum in an illustration by P.J. Smit.

Dicrodon is a genus of lizards in the family Teiidae. Commonly known as desert tegus, there are three described species.

Geographic range[edit]

Desert tegus are found in South America, specifically in Peru and Ecuador.


Desert tegus are the smallest species of tegu.[1]


The following species, listed alphabetically by specific name, are recognized as being valid.[2][3]

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Dicrodon.


The specific name, holmbergi, is honor of American anthropologist Allan R. Holmberg (1909–1966), who collected the holotype in 1947 during his ethnological investigations in Peru.[4]


  1. ^ GBIF.org[dead link]
  2. ^ Genus Dicrodon at The Reptile Database
  3. ^ GBIF.org[dead link]
  4. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Dicrodon holmbergi, p. 125).

Further reading[edit]

  • Duméril AMC, Bibron G (1839). Erpétologie générale ou Histoire naturelle complète des Reptiles. Tome cinquième [Volume 5]. Paris: Roret. viii + 854 pp. (Dicrodon, new genus, pp. 137-138; D. guttulatum, new species, pp. 138-140). (in French).