Lacerta (genus)

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For the constellation, see Lacerta.
Temporal range: Miocene—Present, 15–0Ma
Lacerta agilis female 2013 G1.jpg
Sand lizard (Lacerta agilis)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Lacertidae
Tribe: Lacertini
Genus: Lacerta
Linnaeus, 1758
Type species
Lacerta agilis
Linnaeus, 1758

Many, see text.

Lacerta is a genus of lizards of the family Lacertidae. It is fairly diverse containing around 40 species. The earliest known members of the genus are known from early Miocene epoch fossils indistinguishable in anatomy from the modern green lizards such as Lacerta viridis.[1]


Genus Lacerta

Formerly Lacerta


  1. ^ Čerňanský, A. (2010). "Earliest world record of green lizards (Lacertilia, Lacertidae) from the Lower Miocene of Central Europe." Biologia, 65(4): 737-741. doi:10.2478/s11756-010-0066-y
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