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Elgaria multicarinata eating a mantis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Anguidae
Subfamily: Gerrhonotinae
Genus: Elgaria
Gray, 1838

Seven, see text.

Elgaria is a genus of New World lizards in the family Anguidae. Their common name is western alligator lizards.[1]

Geographic range[edit]

Species in the genus Elgaria are distributed in western North America, from Mexico to Canada.[2]


There are seven species:[2]

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


Further reading[edit]

  • Gray JE (1838). Catalogue of the Slender-tongued Saurians, with Descriptions of many new Genera and Species. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., First Series 1: 274-283, 388-394. (Elgaria, new genus, p. 390).
  • Gray JE (1845). Catalogue of the Specimens of Lizards in the Collection of the British Museum. London: Trustees of the British Museum. (Edward Newman, printer). xxviii + 289 pp. (Genus Elgaria, p. 46).
  • Stebbins RC (2003). A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians, Third Edition. The Peterson Field Guide Series ®. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin. xiii + 533 pp. ISBN 978-0-395-98272-3. (Genus Elgaria, p. 331).