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Phrynosoma douglasii (Bell, 1829)
Pigmy Short-Horned Lizard
Family: Phrynosomatidae

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Distribution of Phrynosoma douglasii in British Columbia
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In North America, the Pygmy Short-horned Lizaard is found in the Great Basin from central Mexico to southern Alberta and Saskatchewan (Government of Canada, 2014). In British Columbia, it is considered extirpated. There have been no confirmed observations in the last 50 years. There are two collections at the Royal BC Museum from Osoyoos in 1898. (Gavin Hanke pers. com. 2021, email).


Government of Canada. 2014. Greater short-horned lizard COSEWIC assessment and status report, chapter 4. https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/species-risk-public-registry/cosewic-assessments-status-reports/greater-short-horned-lizard/chapter-4.html Accessed June 4, 2021

Hanke, Gavin, 2021. Email June 4 2021. Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians. Royal British Columbia Museum.

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
NativeSXRedXT (Apr 2007)
BC Ministry of Environment: BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer--the authoritative source for conservation information in British Columbia.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Phrynosoma douglasii brevirostre (Girard, 1858)
Phrynosoma douglasii douglasii (Bell, 1829)
Phrynosoma douglassii (Bell, 1829)
Phrynosoma douglassii brevirostre (Girard, 1858)
Phrynosoma ornatum Girard, 1858
Tapaya brevirostre Girard, 1858

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General References

Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2024-07-14 2:06:33 PM]
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