Phrynosomatidae

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Phrynosomatidae
Phrynosoma platyrhinos01.jpg
Desert horned lizard (Phrynosoma platyrhinos)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Clade: Pleurodonta
Family: Phrynosomatidae
Fitzinger, 1843[1]
Genera

Callisaurus
Cophosaurus
Holbrookia
Petrosaurus
Phrynosoma
Sceloporus
Uma
Urosaurus
Uta

The Phrynosomatidae are a diverse family of lizards, sometimes classified as a subfamily (Phrynosomatinae), found from Panama to the extreme south of Canada. Many members of the group are adapted to life in hot, sandy deserts, although the spiny lizards prefer rocky deserts or even relatively moist forest edges, and the short-horned lizard lives in prairie or sagebrush environments. The group includes both egg-laying and viviparous species, with the latter being more common in species living at high elevations.[2]

Genera[edit]

The 136 species are organised into 9 genera in this subfamily.

The earless taxa (Cophosaurus and Holbrookia) are sister genera.

Family Phrynosomatidae

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wikispecies.
  2. ^ Bauer, Aaron M. (1998). Cogger, H.G.; Zweifel, R.G., eds. Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians. San Diego: Academic Press. pp. 142–144. ISBN 0-12-178560-2. 

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