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Lialis burtonis 1.jpg
Lialis burtonis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Pygopodidae
Genus: Lialis
Gray, 1835
Lialis distribution.svg
Geographic range of the genus Lialis in Australia and New Guinea.

Lialis is a genus of lizards in the family Pygopodidae, with two member species in this genus.[1]


These lizards specialize on skinks, and have hinged teeth and highly kinetic skulls that allow them to swallow their slippery prey whole.[citation needed]


Lizards in the genus Lialis exhibit oviparity and typically lay two eggs per clutch.[citation needed]


The following two species are recognized as being valid.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Lialis ". The Reptile Database.

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA. 1885. Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Second Edition. Volume I. ... Pygopodidæ ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xii + 436 pp. + Plates I-XXXII. (Genus Lialis, p. 246).
  • Gray JE. 1835. Characters of a New Genus of Reptiles (Lialis) from New South Wales. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1834: 134-135. (Lialis, new genus, p. 134). (in Latin and English).