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- n. Any of the family Agamidae of lizards, including many dragons.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A lizard of the family Agamidæ.
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- n. a lizard of the family Agamidae
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Species richness in agamid lizards: chance, body size, sexual selection or ecology?
Reptiles and amphibians recorded from the islands include 2 geckoes (Hemidactylus spp.), 2 agamid lizards including the common garden lizard or blood sucker (Calotes versicolar), the snake skink (Riopa albopunktata), common wolf snake (Lycodon aulicus), another snake, Typhlos braminus, a short-headed frog, Rana breviceps, and a larger toad, Bufo melanostictus.
Although reptiles in the region are not well-studied, at least one endemic lizard, the toad-headed agamid (Phrynocephalus vlangalii), occurs here.
The agamid lizard Cryptagama aurita has a small distribution, concentrated in this region.
In addition to the large number of Rhacophorid frogs, new species have been added to the endemic agamid lizard genera, Lyriocephalus, Ceratophora, and Cophotis, over the past few years.
But the limited information suggests that the critically endangered turtle Pelochelys cantorii, the geckos Gehyra lacerata and Gekko petricolus, the agamid lizard Ptyctolaemus phuwuanensis, the two skinks Isopachys borealis and Lygosoma koratense, the earth snake Typhlops khoratensis, and the colubrid snake Oligodon hamptoni are ecoregional endemics.
Studies generally agree that there are three major agamid clades: the Australo-papuan clade (Amphibolurinae), the southern Asian clade (Draconinae), and the African-west Asian clade (Agaminae).
Molecular claims of Gondwanan age for Australian agamid lizards are untenable.
Here in Europe – or, as I like to call it, the European Field Guide Region (EFGR) – there is usually stated to be just one agamid, the Hardun, Starred agama or Sling-tailed agama Laudakia stellio [image at left: from sundancecamp. com].
The complete mitochondrial genome of an agamid lizard from the Afro-Asian subfamily agaminae [sic] and the phylogenetic position of Bufoniceps and Xenagama.