Lacerta (genus)

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Lacerta
Temporal range: Miocene—Present, 15–0 Ma
Lacerta agilis female 2013 G1.jpg
Lacerta agilis, sand lizard
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Lacertidae
Tribe: Lacertini
Genus: Lacerta
Linnaeus, 1758
Type species
Lacerta agilis
Species

Nine, see text.

Lacerta is a genus of lizards of the family Lacertidae.

Taxonomy[edit]

Lacerta was a fairly diverse genus containing around 40 species, until it was "split" into nine genera in 2007 by Arnold, Arribas & Carranza.[1]

Fossil record[edit]

The earliest known members of the genus Lacerta are known from early Miocene epoch fossils indistinguishable in anatomy from the modern green lizards such as Lacerta viridis.[2]

Species[edit]

The genus Lacerta contains the following species.[3]

Some species formerly in Lacerta[edit]

Arranged alphabetically by specific name:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arnold, E. Nicholas; Arribas, Oscar; Carranza, Salvador (2007). "Systematics of the Palaearctic and Oriental lizard tribe Lacertini (Squamata: Lacertidae: Lacertinae), with descriptions of eight new genera" (PDF). Zootaxa. Auckland, New Zealand: Magnolia Press. 1430: 1–86. ISBN 978-1-86977-097-6. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  2. ^ Čerňanský A. 2010. "Earliest world record of green lizards (Lacertilia, Lacertidae) from the Lower Miocene of Central Europe". Biologia 65 (4): 737-741. doi:10.2478/s11756-010-0066-y
  3. ^ "Lacerta ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  4. ^ http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/164702/0
  5. ^ http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/61527/0
  6. ^ http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/164674/0

Further reading[edit]

  • Arnold EN, Arribas OJ, Carranza S. 2007. "Systematics of the Palaearctic and Oriental lizard tribe Lacertini (Squamata: Lacertidae: Lacertinae), with descriptions of eight new genera". Zootaxa 1430: 1-86.
  • Linnaeus C. 1758. Systema naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, diferentiis, synonymis, locis. Tomus I. Editio Decima, Reformata. Stockholm: L. Salvius. 824 pp. (Lacerta, new genus, p. 200). (in Latin).