Spiny lizard

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Spiny lizard
Western fence lizard, Sceloporus occidentalis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Lacertilia
Family: Phrynosomatidae
Genus: Sceloporus
Wiegmann, 1828

Sator Dickerson, 1919

A spiny lizard at the Houston Zoo.

Spiny lizards is the common name for the genus Sceloporus in the family Phrynosomatidae. This genus includes some of the most commonly seen lizards in the United States.


Over 90 species in this genus currently are organized into 21 species groups. Their relationships to each other are currently under review.[clarification needed] Listed below are species of Sceloporus:[1][2]


See also[edit]

  • Moloch horridus, an unrelated Australian lizard that is sometimes also referred to as "spiny lizard"


  1. ^ The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  2. ^ ITIS. www.itis.gov.
  3. ^ JARED A. GRUMMER & ROBERT W. BRYSON, JR. A new species of bunchgrass lizard (Squamata: Phrynosomatidae) from the southern sky islands of the Sierra Madre Occidental, Mexico. http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2014/f/z03790p450f.pdf
  4. ^ a b c d Wiens, John J.; Penkrot, Tonya A. (2002). "Delimiting Species Using DNA and Morphological Variation and Discordant Species Limits in Spiny Lizards (Sceloporus)". Systematic Biology 51 (1): 69–91. doi:10.1080/106351502753475880. 

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