Pygopus

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Pygopus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Lacertilia
Infraorder: Gekkota
Family: Pygopodidae
Genus: Pygopus
Merrem, 1820
Pygopus distribution.svg
Geographic range of the genus Pygopus in Australia

Pygopus is a genus belonging to the family of Australian legless lizards (Pygopodidae). Members of this genus are also commonly called scalyfoot.

Species[edit]

Within the genus Pygopus the following five species are recognized as being valid.[1]

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Pygopus.

Etymology[edit]

The specific name, robertsi, is in honor of Australian Charles George Roberts for assistance to scientists in the field.[3]

The specific name, schraderi, is in honor of German explorer and astronomer Carl Wilhelm Otto Schrader (1852–1930).[4]

The specific name, steelescotti, is in honor of Dr. Colin Steele-Scott for his support of the South Australian Museum.[4]

A lizard with no limbs save for 2 flaps
Pygopus lepidopodus

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pygopus ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  2. ^ Oliver, Paul M.; Couper, Patrick J.; Amey, Andrew (2010). "A new species of Pygopus (Pygopodidae; Gekkota; Squamata) from north-eastern Queensland". Zootaxa. Magnolia Press: 47–61. ISSN 1175-5326. 
  3. ^ "Pygopus robertsi ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  4. ^ a b 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. (Pygopus schraderi, p. 238; P. steelescotti, p. 251).

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA (1885). Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Second Edition. Volume I. Geckonidæ, Eublepharidæ, Uroplatidæ, Pygopodidæ, Agamidæ. London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xii + 436 pp. + Plates I-XXXII. (Genus Pygopus, p. 240).
  • Merrem B (1820). Versuchs eines Systems der Amphibien: Tentamen Systematis Amphibiorum. Marburg: J.C. Krieger. xv + 191 pp. + one plate. (Pygopus, new genus, p. 77). (in German and Latin).