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The twirler moth genus invalidly described by Heinemann in or around 1870 has been synonymized with Brachmia. Ceratophora was also an emendation for the dinoflagellate genus Ceratophorus (now Neoceratium) and the heteropod genus Cerophora (now Firoloida).
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Agamidae
Subfamily: Agaminae
Genus: Ceratophora
Gray, [1825[verification needed]]

Ceratophora is a genus of agamid lizards found in Sri Lanka. The male has a horn on its snout.


The tympanum is hidden, and the body is more or less compressed, and covered with unequal scales. No dorsal crest is present; and a nuchal crest can be present or absent. No gular sac or gular fold is present. A large rostral appendage occurs, at least in the males. No femoral or preanal pores are found.[1]


Key to selected species[edit]

  • a. Gular scales larger than the ventrals, smooth;lateral scales large, unequal, rostral appendage scaleless C. stoddartii
  • b. Gular scales larger than the ventrals, feebly keeled,lateral scales large, equal; rostral appendage scaly C. tennentii
  • c. Gular scales smaller than the ventrals, strongly keeled; lateral scales small; rostral appendage scaly C. aspera[1]


  1. ^ a b Boulenger, G. A. (1890) The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia.

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