Amphibolurus

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Amphibolurus
Tree Dragon444.jpg
Tree dragon Amphibolurus muricatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Agamidae
Subfamily: Agaminae
Genus: Amphibolurus
Wagler, 1830

Amphibolurus is a genus of lizards native to Australia. Characteristics include:

  • Moderate size [snout–vent length 8.4–13.5 cm (3.3–5.3 in)]
  • Long limbs and long tail
  • One to five crests consisting of enlarged, sometimes spinose scales (one nuchal and vertebral crest, sometime one or two dorsal crests on each side)
  • Tympanum exposed
  • One to 11 femoral pores and one to three preanal pores on each side
  • Pattern usually includes three broad pale dorsal stripes, and some blotches on a usually brown ground coloration

Amphibolurus lizards inhabit woodlands in temperate and semiarid areas, as well as riverine vegetation in the tropical areas of Australia. They are partially arboreal and are often found perching on trunks and branches. Lizards of this genus are swift and shy, and when disturbed, they can engage in bipedal running.

Species[edit]

List according to Wilson & Swan (2010):[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ S. Wilson & G. Swan (2010): A complete guide to reptiles of Australia. New Holland Publishers, Sydney, Auckland, London, Cape Town.