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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
Subfamilia: Zonosaurinae
Genus: Zonosaurus
Species (17): Z. aeneus – Z. anelanelany – Z. bemaraha – Z. boettgeri – Z. brygooi – Z. haraldmeieri – Z. karsteni – Z. laticaudatus – Z. madagascariensis – Z. maximus – Z. maramaintso – Z. ornatus – Z. quadrilineatus – Z. rufipes – Z. subunicolor – Z. trilineatus – Z. tsingy

Zonosaurus Boulenger, 1887: 127

Type species: Cicigna madagascariensis Gray, 1831, by subsequent designation, by Savage (1954: 332).
Primary references

Boulenger, G.A. 1887. Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History) Second edition. Volume 3. Lacertidae, Gerrhosauridae, Scincidae, Anelytropsidae, Dibamidae, Chamaeleontidae. Printed by Order of the Trustees: London. XII + 575 pp., pls I–XL. BHL Reference page.

Additional references

Raselimanana, A.P., Raxworthy, C.J. & Nussbaum, R.A. 2000. A Revision of the Dwarf Zonosaurus Boulenger (Reptilia: Squamata: Cordylidae) from Madagascar, including Descriptions of Three New Species. Scientific Papers, Natural History Museum, The University of Kansas 18: 1–16. BHL Reference page.
Raselimanana, A.P., Nussbaum, R.A. & Raxworthy, C.J. 2006. Observations and re-description of Zonosaurus boettgeri Steindachner 1891 and description of a second new species of long-tailed Zonosaurus from western Madagascar. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology University of Michigan 739: 1–16. hdl: 2027.42/57175 Reference page.
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(2): 336–344. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2008.10.004 Reference page.


Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2023. Zonosaurus . The Reptile Database. Accessed on 29 July 2018.

Vernacular names
English: Girdled Lizards

Zonosaurus is a genus of lizards in the family Gerrhosauridae.[1]
Geographic range

Species in the genus Zonosaurus are found in Madagascar and Seychelles.[2]

The following 17 species are considered to be valid.[2]

Zonosaurus aeneus (Grandidier, 1872) – bronze girdled lizard
Zonosaurus anelanelany Raselimanana, Raxworthy & Nussbaum, 2000
Zonosaurus bemaraha Raselimanana, Raxworthy & Nussbaum, 2000
Zonosaurus boettgeri Steindachner, 1891 – Boettger's girdled lizard
Zonosaurus brygooi Lang & Böhme, 1990 – Brygoo's girdled lizard
Zonosaurus haraldmeieri Brygoo & Böhme, 1985 – green zonosaur
Zonosaurus karsteni (Grandidier, 1869) – Karsten's girdled lizard
Zonosaurus laticaudatus (Grandidier, 1869) – western girdled lizard
Zonosaurus madagascariensis (Gray, 1831) – Madagascar girdled lizard
Zonosaurus maramaintso Raselimanana, Raxworthy & Nussbaum, 2006
Zonosaurus maximus Boulenger, 1896 – southeastern girdled lizard
Zonosaurus ornatus (Gray, 1831) – ornate girdled lizard
Zonosaurus quadrilineatus (Grandidier, 1867) – four-lined girdled lizard
Zonosaurus rufipes (Boettger, 1881) – red-legged girdled lizard
Zonosaurus subunicolor (Boettger, 1881)
Zonosaurus trilineatus Angel, 1939 – three-lined girdled lizard
Zonosaurus tsingy Raselimanana, Raxworthy & Nussbaum, 2000 – tsingy plated lizard

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Zonosaurus.

"Zonosaurus ". Dahms Tierleben.

Genus Zonosaurus at The Reptile Database

Further reading

Boulenger GA (1887). Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Second Edition. Volume III. ... Gerrhosauridæ, ... xii + 575 pp. + Plates I-XL. (Zonosaurus, new genus, p. 127).
Raselimanana AP, Raxworthy CJ, Nussbaum RA (2000). "A revision of the dwarf Zonosaurus Boulenger (Reptilia: Squamata: Cordylidae) from Madagascar, including descriptions of three new species". Scientific Papers, Natural History Museum, University of Kansas 18: 1–16.

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