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Lizards (Sauria)


Rough-scaled Plated Lizard

Dwarf Plated Lizard

Typical Plated Lizards

Giant Plated Lizards

Plated Snake Lizards

Madagascar Keeled Plated Lizards

Madagascar Plated Lizards

Biodiversity of the family Gerrhosauridae Bibliography of the family Gerrhosauridae

Plated Lizards
Schildechsen     Plade°gler

  38 species of which 24 (63.2%) are endemic - 7 genera of which 1 (14.3%) is endemic (as of December 31st, 2018).

Remarks: Previously regarded as part of the family Cordylidae, either without recognition or mention of subfamilies (e.g., Odierna, Canapa, Andreone, Aprea, Barucca, Capriglione & Olmo 2002), or as a subfamily, Gerrhosaurinae, within Cordylidae (e.g., Wermuth 1968; Brygoo 1985; Branch 1988; Raselimanana, Raxworthy & Nussbaum 2000). Goin, Goin & Zug (1978) referred to the subfamily as Zonurinae, although Zonurus is a synonym of Cordylus (family Cordylidae). Other authors have regarded the two subfamilies as separate families (e.g., Loveridge 1942; Fitzsimons 1943; Lang 1991; Mouton & van Wyk 1997). However, there is now sufficient genetic evidence to regard them as separate families (Frost, Janies, Mouton & Titus 2001; Lamb, Meeker, Bauer & Branch 2003; Lamb & Bauer 2013; Bates, Tolley, Edwards, Davids, Silva & Branch 2013).

Distribution:  Africa, Madagascar, Seychelles.

Reported from:
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.