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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Reptilia
Subclassis: Diapsida
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Subordo: Sauria
Infraordo: Scincomorpha
Familia: Cordylidae
Genera: Chamaesaura - Cordylus - Platysaurus


Cordylidae Mertens, 1937

Vernacular names
Deutsch: Gürtelechsen
English: Girdle-tailed Lizards
Nederlands: Gordelstaarthagedissen
‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Belteøgler
Polski: Jaszczurki kolczaste

Cordylidae is a family of mid-sized lizards that inhabit arid and semi-arid regions in Madagascar and eastern Africa. They are commonly known as the Spinytail lizards or Girdle-tailed lizards.[1]

Girdle-tailed lizards are diurnal and insectivorous. They are terrestrial, mostly inhabiting crevices in rocky terrain, although at least one species digs burrows. They have flattened heads and bodies, and are distinguished by a heavy armour of osteoderms and large, rectangular, scales, arranged in regular rows around the body and tail. As the common name implies, many species have rings of spines on the tail, that aid in wedging the animal into sheltering crevices, and also in fighting off predators.[2]

Most species have four limbs, but those in the genus Chamaesaura are almost entirely limbless, with only tiny spikes in place of the hind limbs. The family includes both egg-laying and ovoviviparous species.[2]



* Subfamily Chamaesaurinae
o Genus Chamaesaura - Grass lizards (3 species)
* Subfamily Cordylinae
o Genus Cordylus - (47 species)
o Genus Platysaurus - Flat lizards (15 species)
o Genus Pseudocordylus - (6 species)


1. ^ "Cordylidae." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2007.
2. ^ a b Bauer, Aaron M. (1998). Cogger, H.G. & Zweifel, R.G.. ed. Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians. San Diego: Academic Press. pp. 160–161. ISBN 0-12-178560-2.

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