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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Cladus: Sarcopterygii
Cladus: Rhipidistia
Cladus: Tetrapodomorpha
Cladus: Eotetrapodiformes
Cladus: Elpistostegalia
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Subordo: Scincomorpha
Superfamilia: Scincoidea

Familia: Gerrhosauridae
Subfamiliae (2): Gerrhosaurinae - Zonosaurinae
Overview of genera (5)


Gerrhosauridae Boulenger, 1885

Raselimanana, A.P.; Noonan, B.; Karanth, K.P.; Gauthier, J.; Yoder, A.D. 2009: Phylogeny and evolution of Malagasy plated lizards. Molecular phylogenetics and evolution , 50: 336–344.
The Paleobiology Database. [1]

Vernacular names
Deutsch: Schildechsen
English: Plated Lizards
Nederlands: Schildhagdissen
polski: Jaszczurki tarczowate

The Gerrhosauridae are a family of lizards native to Africa and Madagascar and are members of the Skink family.[1]

Also known as plated lizards, species in the family Gerrhosauridae live in a range of habitats, from rocky crevices to sand dunes.[1]

Their form is variable, some species having four fully developed limbs, and others having vestigial hind limbs only.[1]

Most species are believed to be oviparous.[1]

Family Gerrhosauridae

Subfamily Gerrhosaurinae
Genus Broadleysaurus - rough-scaled plated lizard (1 species)
Genus Cordylosaurus - blue-black plated lizard (1 species)
Genus Gerrhosaurus - (7 species)
Genus Matobosaurus - (2 species)
Genus Tetradactylus - (8 species)
Subfamily Zonosaurinae
Genus Tracheloptychus - keeled plated lizards (2 species)
Genus Zonosaurus - zonosaurs (17 species)


Bauer AM [in French] (1998). Cogger HG, Zweifel RG (ed.). Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians. San Diego: Academic Press. pp. 161–162. ISBN 0-12-178560-2.

Further reading

Boulenger GA (1887). Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Second Edition. Volume III. Lacertidæ, Gerrhosauridæ ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xii + 575 pp. + Plates I-XL. (Family "Gerrhosauridæ", pp. 119–120).
Branch, Bill (2004). Field Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Sanibel Island, Florida: Ralph Curtis Books. 399 pp. ISBN 0-88359-042-5. (Family Gerrhosauridae, pp. 176–177).
Fitzinger L (1843). Systema Reptilium, Fasciculus Primus, Amblyglossae. Vienna: Braumüller & Seidel. 106 pp. + indices. ("Gerrhosauri", new family, p. 21). (in Latin).

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