Short-tailed horned lizard

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Short-tailed horned lizard
Phrynosoma braconnieri.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Phrynosomatidae
Genus: Phrynosoma
P. braconnieri
Binomial name
Phrynosoma braconnieri

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.[3]


P. braconnieri 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.[4]


P. braconnieri inhabits pine-oak woodland and xeric thorn-scrub.[4] It can also be found in corn fields or other traditional agricultural areas.[5]

Geographic range[edit]

The short-tailed horned lizard is found in the Mexican states of Puebla and Oaxaca, it may also inhabit Veracruz.[4]


  1. ^ Canseco-Márquez L, Mendoza-Quijano F, Ponce-Campos P (2007). Phrynosoma braconnieri; the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2007.RLTS.T64071A12741450.en
  2. ^ Phrynosoma braconnieri – Shorttail Horned Lizard.
  3. ^ 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. (Phrynosoma braconnieri, p. 36).
  4. ^ a b c Hodges, Wendy. Phrynosoma braconnieri, Short-tailed Horned Lizard.
  5. ^ Phrynosoma braconnieri (Short-Tail Horned Lizard) .

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).