Hydrosaurus amboinensis

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Hydrosaurus amboinensis
Hydrosaurus amboinensis head.jpg
At the Houston Zoo
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Agamidae
Genus: Hydrosaurus
Species: H. amboinensis
Binomial name
Hydrosaurus amboinensis
(Schlosser, 1768)[1]

The Amboina sail-finned lizard or Amboina sailfin lizard[1] (Hydrosaurus amboinensis) [2] is the largest agamid lizard in the world, growing to over one metre in length. It is found in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia,[1] and the Philippines.[3] Due to confusion with H. pustulatus, its exact distribution in the Philippines is uncertain, but northern populations are generally considered H. pustulatus and southern considered H. amboinensis.[4] This lizard is able to run short distances across water using both its feet and tail for support,[citation needed] an ability shared with the plumed basilisk.


  1. ^ a b c Hydrosaurus amboinensis, The Reptile Database
  2. ^ Zipcode zoo.com
  3. ^ Herpwatch.org
  4. ^ Ledesma, M.; Brown, R.; Sy, E. & Rico, E.L. (2009). "Hydrosaurus pustulatus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2009: e.T10335A3194587. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2009-2.RLTS.T10335A3194587.en. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Bleeker, P. (1860). [12. Reptilien van Boni]. Natuurkundl. Tijdschr. Nederl. Indie, Batavia 22: 81-85
  • Boulenger, G.A. (1885). Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp.
  • Das, I. (1993). Jour. Sarawak Mus., 44 (65): 128
  • De Rooij, N. de (1915). The Reptiles of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. I. Lacertilia, Chelonia, Emydosauria. Leiden (E. J. Brill), xiv + 384 pp.
  • Duméril, A. M. C. and G. Bibron. (1837). Erpétologie Générale ou Histoire Naturelle Complete des Reptiles. Vol. 4. Libr. Encyclopédique Roret, Paris, 570 pp.
  • Gábris, J. (2003). Zur Haltung von philippinischen Segelechsen (Hydrosaurus pustulatus). Draco 4 (14): 24-33
  • Gray, J. E. 1845. Catalogue of the specimens of lizards in the collection of the British Museum. Trustees of die British Museum/Edward Newman, London: xxvii + 289 pp.
  • Günther,A. 1873. Notes on some reptiles and batrachians obtained by Dr. Bernhard Meyer in Celebes and the Philippine Islands. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1873: 165-172
  • Manthey,U. & SCHUSTER,N. 1999. Agamen, 2. Aufl. Natur und Tier Verlag (Münster), 120 pp.
  • Peters, Wilhem Carl Hartwig 1872. Über einige von Hrn. Dr. A. B. Meyer bei Gorontalo und Auf den Togian-Inseln gesammelte Amphibien. Monatsber. königl. Akad. Wiss. Berlin. 1872 (Juli): 581-585
  • Poche, F. 1903. Einige nothwendige Änderungen in der herpetologischen Nomenklatur. Zool. Anz. 26: 698-703
  • Schlosser 1768. Epistola ad F. DEJEAN de L. amboin.
  • Shaw, G. 1802. General Zoology, or Systematic Natural History. Vol.3, part 2. G. Kearsley, Thomas Davison, London: 313-615
  • Werning, H. (2004). Bibliographie der Gattungen Physignathus, Lophognathus und Hydrosaurus. Iguana Rundschreiben 17 (2): 18-31