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This article is about lizards. For the genus of pitvipers formerly called Leiolepis, see Calloselasma.
Leiolepidinae (subfamily)
Leiolepis (genus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Lacertilia
Family: Agamidae
Subfamily: Leiolepidinae
Genus: Leiolepis
Cuvier, 1829

8 spp., see text

Leiolepis, commonly known as butterfly lizards (Thai: แย้), are group of agamid lizards of which very little is known. They are native to Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. They are terrestrial lizards and prefer to live in arid, open regions.

Leiolepis is the sole genus of subfamily Leiolepidinae.


At least eight species are recognized:[1][2][3]

Sexual species[edit]

Asexual species[edit]


  1. ^ Leiolepis, The Reptile Database
  2. ^ Leiolepis at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database
  3. ^ a b Grismer, J.L. and Grismer, L.L. 2010. Who’s your mommy? Identifying maternal ancestors of asexual species of Leiolepis Cuvier, 1829 and the description of a new endemic species of asexual Leiolepis Cuvier, 1829 from Southern Vietnam. Zootaxa. 2433: 47–61. http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2010/f/z02433p061f.pdf
  4. ^ Leiolepis belliana at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database