Corytophanes

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Corytophanes
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
Species

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.

Species[edit]

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.

Etymology[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Corytophanes ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  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),