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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

Citation: Midtgaard, Rune. RepFocus - A Survey of the Reptiles of the World. (
Latest update: May 12th, 2024.

Biodiversity of the family Gerrhosauridae Bibliography of the family Gerrhosauridae


Plated Lizards
Schildechsen     Pladeøgler

Contents: Endemicity:
7 genera of which 1 (14.3%) is endemic  0% 100%
38 species of which 24 (63.2%) are endemic  0% 100%

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.