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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.


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.


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


  1. ^ "Pygopus ". The Reptile Database.
  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.
  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).