Yellow-spotted tropical night lizard

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Yellow-spotted night lizard
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Xantusiidae
Genus: Lepidophyma
Species: L. flavimaculatum
Binomial name
Lepidophyma flavimaculatum
A. Duméril, 1851

The yellow-spotted tropical night lizard[2] or yellow-spotted night lizard (Lepidophyma flavimaculatum) is a species of night lizard.[1][3] It is distributed from central Mexico through the Central America south to Panama. It includes four subspecies:[3]

  • Lepidophyma flavimaculatum flavimaculatum
  • Lepidophyma flavimaculatum ophiophthalmum
  • Lepidophyma flavimaculatum tehuanae
  • Lepidophyma flavimaculatum tenebrarum


It reproduces parthenogenetically,[1] although some populations also contain females[3] and gives birth to fully developed young.[1]

Habitat and ecology[edit]

It is a secretive, terrestrial and nocturnal lizard of tropical wet and moist forests. Mostly found on the ground, it is occasionally found on tree trunks or beneath bark on standing trees. It feeds on small invertebrates.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Sunyer, J., Chaves, G., Porras, L.W., Lamar, W. & Solórzano, A. (2013). "Lepidophyma flavimaculatum". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2013: e.T197495A2490538. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T197495A2490538.en. 
  2. ^ "SPECIES Lepidophyma flavimaculatum". UniProt. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Lepidophyma flavimaculatum at the Reptile Database. Accessed 17 October 2015.