Weber's sailfin lizard

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Weber's sailfin lizard
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Agamidae
Genus: Hydrosaurus
Species: H. weberi
Binomial name
Hydrosaurus weberi
Barbour, 1911[1]

Weber's sailfin lizard (Hydrosaurus weberi), is an agamid lizard found in Indonesia. Specifically, it is endemic to Halmahera and Ternate Islands of Maluku.[1][2] It has a life-span of between 10–15 years.[3] H. weberi is the smallest of the three recognized species of Hydrosaurus, attaining an avg. total length between 2–3 ft. Some argue that full species status (H.weberi) may be invalid and claim this agamid should be classified a subspecies of the larger H. pustulatus, Philippine Sailfin; for the purpose of this literature, H."weberi" shall remain a distinct animal. The third species, H. amboinensis, Indonesian Sailfin is the largest of the group. Although much research is still needed, it is known that this lizard is primarily omnivorous; devouring whatever animal it can overpower plus consuming a variety vegetation and fruit. In captivity, juveniles are usually maintained on a 60% insect / 40% vegetation diet. Adults, 75% vegetation / 25% insects etc.

H.weberi 2–3 ft

H.pustulatus 2.5–3 ft

H.amboinensis 2.5–3 ft+ (heavy bodied)


The specific name, weberi, is in honor of German-Dutch zoologist Max Wilhelm Carl Weber van Bosse.[4]


  1. ^ a b The Reptile
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  4. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Hydrosaurus weberi, p. 280).

Further reading[edit]

  • Photos of Hydrosaurus weberi (French)
  • Barbour, T. (1911). New lizards and a new toad from the Dutch East Indies, with notes on other species. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 24: 15-22.
  • Barts, M. & Wilms, T. 2003. Die Agamen der Welt. Draco 4 (14): 4-23
  • Colwell, G.J. 1993. Hydrosaurus weberi (Weber's sail-fin dragon). Morphology Herpetological Review 24 (4): 150
  • de Rooij, N. de 1915. The Reptiles of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. I. Lacertilia, Chelonia, Emydosauria. Leiden (E. J. Brill), xiv + 384 pp.
  • Gábris, J. 2003. Zur Haltung von philippinischen Segelechsen (Hydrosaurus pustulatus). Draco 4 (14): 24-33
  • Werning, H. 2002. Wasseragamen und Segelechsen. Natur und Tier Verlag (Münster), 127 pp. [review in Sauria 26 (4): 17]
  • Werning, H. 2004. Bibliographie der Gattungen Physignathus, Lophognathus und Hydrosaurus. Iguana Rundschreiben 17 (2): 18-31