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Lizards (Sauria)


Peruvian Eyelash Iguana

Smooth-throated Lizards

South American Chuckwallas

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

Biodiversity of the family Liolaemidae Bibliography of the family Liolaemidae


South American Lesser Iguanas
Südamerikanische Kleinleguane     Sydamerikanske Småleguaner

Contents: Endemicity:
3 genera of which 1 (33.3%) is endemic  0% 100%
358 species of which 307 (85.8%) are endemic  0% 100%

Remarks: The genera contained in this family were previously included in Iguanidae (e.g., Peters & Donoso-Barros 1970). Subsequently, they were assigned to Tropiduridae (subfamily Liolaeminae) by Frost & Etheridge (1989). Separate family status was given by Frost, Etheridge, Janies & Titus (2001).

Distribution:  South America.

Reported from:
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay.