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Corytophanes cristatus.jpg
Corytophanes cristatus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Corytophanidae
Genus: Corytophanes
H. Boie in Schlegel, 1826

Three, see text.

Corytophanes is a genus of Neotropical lizards, commonly referred to as helmeted iguanas or helmeted basilisks. The genus contains three species, all of which are arboreal, and reside in tropical forests.


The following species are recognized as being valid.[1]

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


The specific name, hernandesii, is in honor of Spanish naturalist Francisco Hernández (1514-1587).[3]


  1. ^ "Corytophanes ". The Reptile Database.
  2. ^ Wilson LD, McCranie JR. 2002. Update on the list of reptiles known from Honduras. Herpetological Review 33 (2): 90-94.
  3. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Corytophanes hernandesii, p. 122).

Further reading[edit]

  • Schlegel H. 1826. "Herpetologische Nachrichten ". Isis von Oken 20 (3): 281-294. (Corytophanes, new genus, p. 290). (in German),