Leiocephalus personatus

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Hispaniolan masked curly-tailed lizard
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Leiocephalidae
Genus: Leiocephalus
Species: L. personatus
Binomial name
Leiocephalus personatus
(Cope, 1862)

The Hispaniolan masked curly-tailed lizard (Leiocephalus personatus) is a lizard species from the family of curly-tailed lizards (Leiocephalidae). It is also known as the green-legged curly-tail and the jewelled curly-tail, due mainly to the bright metallic colouration of mature males. The species is sexually dimorphic with the males being considerably larger with impressive red markings on the head around the lower jaw. Females are much smaller and are brown in colour with lighter stripes running down the flanks.

Further reading[edit]

  • Gifford, Matthew E.; Herrel, Anthony; Mahler, D. Luke (March 2008). "The evolution of locomotor morphology, performance, and anti-predator behaviour among populations of Leiocephalus lizards from the Dominican Republic". Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 93 (3): 445–56. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8312.2007.00909.x. 
  • Gali, Frank; Schwartz, Albert (June 1982). "A New Subspecies of Leiocephalus personatus from the República Dominicana". Journal of Herpetology. 16 (2): 177–9. doi:10.2307/1563813. JSTOR 1563813. 
  • Schwartz, Albert (June 1971). "A New Subspecies of Leiocephalus personatus (Sauria, Iguanidae)". Herpetologica. 27 (2): 176–82. JSTOR 3891076. 
  • Schwartz, Albert (March 29, 1968). "The Leiocephalus (Lacertilia, Iguanidae) of Hispaniola. III. Leiocephalus schreibersi, L. semilineatus, and L. pratensis". Journal of Herpetology. 1 (1/4): 39–63. doi:10.2307/1563261. JSTOR 1563261. 
  • Schwartz, Albert (July 10, 1969). "Two New Subspecies of Leiocephalus from Hispaniola". Journal of Herpetology. 3 (1/2): 79–85. doi:10.2307/1563226. JSTOR 1563226. 

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