Callopistes maculatus

Callopistes maculatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Lacertilia
Family: Teiidae
Genus: Callopistes
Species: C. maculatus
Binomial name
Callopistes maculatus
Gravenhorst, 1838

The Dwarf Tegu or Spotted False Monitor (Callopistes maculatus) is a species of lizard in the Teiidae family. It is endemic to Chile, with emphasis on occurrence in the Chilean matorral ecoregion according to Hogan and World Wildlife Fund.


It is the largest lizard of Chile, reaching a 50 cm (19.6 in) length. A diurnal species, it mainly preys upon insects, although it also eats other smaller lizards, snakes, and small birds and mammals.[1]


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