Crocodilurus

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Crocodile tegu
Crocodilurus amazonicus Schinz.JPG
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Teiidae
Genus: Crocodilurus
Spix, 1825[2]
Species: C. amazonicus
Binomial name
Crocodilurus amazonicus
Spix, 1825[3]

Crocodilurus is a lizard genus that belongs to the family Teiidae. It is monotypic, with only a single described species Crocodilurus amazonicus, the crocodile tegu. This semi-aquatic lizard has a flattened, paddle-like tail and is found in the Amazon Basin and Guiana Shield in South America. It feeds on arthropods, amphibians, reptiles and fish.[1][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Martins, M. (2010). "Crocodilurus amazonicus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Harvey et al. 2012, p.133, 134
  3. ^ Massary & Hoogmoed 2001
  4. ^ Martins, M. (2006). Life in the water: Ecology of the Jacarerana lizard, Crocodilurus amazonicus. Herpetological Journal 16: 171-177.

Further reading[edit]

  • Avila-Pires, T.C.S. (1995). Lizards of Brazilian Amazonia (Reptilia: Squamata). Zoologische Verhandelingen 299: 1-706
  • Harvey, M.B., Ugueto, G.N. & Gutberlet, R.L. (2012). Review of Teiid Morphology with a Revised Taxonomy and Phylogeny of the Teiidae (Lepidosauria: Squamata). Zootaxa 3459: 1-156.
  • Massary, J.C. de & Hoogmoed, M.S. (2001). Crocodilurus amazonicus Spix, 1825: The valid name for Crocodilurus lacertinus auctorum (nec Daudin, 1802) (Squamata: Teiidae). Journal of Herpetology 35 (2): 353-357.
  • Spix, J.B. von (1825). Animalia nova sive species nova lacertarum quas in itinere per Brasiliam annis MDCCCXVII-MDCCCXX jussu et auspicius Maximiliani Josephi I Bavariae Regis suscepto collegit et descripsit Dr. J. B. de Spix, Lipsiae: T. O. Weigel; F. S. Hübschmanni, Monachii, 26 pp. (Original description).

External links[edit]

Data related to Crocodilurus at Wikispecies