Curly-tailed lizards

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Curly-tailed lizards
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Leiocephalidae
Frost & Etheridge, 1989
Genus: Leiocephalus
Gray, 1827[1]

The curly-tailed lizards are a family, Leiocephalidae, of lizards which are widely distributed throughout much of the Caribbean, but are relatively unstudied. They were previously regarded as members of subfamily Leiocephalinae within the family Tropiduridae. There are presently 29 known species. Leiocephalus is the only genus in the family Leiocephalidae.

Species & subspecies[edit]

The following species and subspecies, listed alphabetically by scientific name, are recognized as being valid.[2]


  1. ^ Dahms Tierleben.
  2. ^ The Reptile Database.
  3. ^ Uetz, P., Freed, P. & Jirí Hošek (eds.). "The Reptile Database". Zoological Museum Hamburg. Retrieved 4 October 2017. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Gray JE. 1827. A Description of a new Genus and some new species of Saurian Reptiles; with a Revision of the Species of Chameleons. Philosoph. Mag. Ann. Chem. Math. Astron. Nat. Hist. Gen. Sci. 2 (9): 207-214. (Genus Leiocephalus, p. 207).
  • Schwartz A, Thomas R. 1975. A Check-list of West Indian Amphibians and Reptiles. Carnegie Museum of Natural History Special Publication No. 1. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Carnegie Museum of Natural History. 216 pp. (Leiocephalus species L. barahonensis - L. viniculum, pp. 126–140).