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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Leiolepididae or Leiolepidinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesLeiolepis belliana belliana (GRAY 1827)
Leiolepis belliana ocellata PETERS 1971 
Common NamesE: (Beauty, Common) Butterfly Lizard
G: Prachtschmetterlingsagame 
SynonymUromastyx Belliana HARDWICKE & GRAY 1827: 220
Uromastix Belliana — HARDWICKE & GRAY 1835
Leiolepis bellii GRAY 1845
Liolepis bellii — CANTOR 1847
Liolepis belliana — BOULENGER 1890
Liolepis belliana — DE ROOIJ 1915: 135
Liolepis belliana — SWORDER 1933
Leiolepis belliana belliana — SMITH 1935: 238
Leiolepis belliana belliana — MERTENS 1961
Liolepis belliana — TAYLOR 1963: 905
Leiolepis belliana — MANTHEY & GROSSMANN 1997: 285
Leiolepis belliana — COX et al. 1998: 105
Liolepis belliana — LIM & LIM 1999
Leiolepis belliana belliana — MANTHEY & SCHUSTER 1999: 81
Leiolepis cf. belliana — GRISMER et al. 2007

Leiolepis belliana ocellata PETERS 1971
Leiolepis ocellata — PAUWELS & CHIMSUNCHART 2007
Leiolepis belliana — SCORTECCI 1932
Leiolepis belliana ocellata — TIEDEMANN et al. 1994
Leiolepis belliana ocellata — MANTHEY 2010: 161
Leiolepis ocellata — GRISMER et al. 2014 
DistributionThailand, Myanmar (= Burma), Laos ?, Cambodia, Vietnam,
Indonesia (Sumatra, Pulau Bangka),
Malaysia (Pulau Tioman, Pulau Langkawi, Pulau Besar)

ocellata: Myanmar (= Burma), N Thailand (Chinag Mai, Lampang, Nan, Phayao, Tak). Type locality: "Kokariet, Birma"

Introduced to Florida (BOUNDY et al. 2012, Gibbons et al. 2009).

Type locality: Penang.  
Reproductionsexual 
TypesHolotype: unknown (fide NGUYEN et al. 2009)
Holotype: ZMB 11604; paratypes: ZMUC, BMNH 89.3.25.1517, NMW 18882, MNHP 1893.337-339, MCZ 7229, UZMK R36821-22 sowie BNHS 457 [ocellata] 
Diagnosis 
CommentDistribution: Has been erroneously (?) reported from India. A report from Pulau Tioman remains unconfirmed (fide HIEN et al. 2001; GRISMER et al. 2002).

Subspecies: Leiolepis belliana rubritaeniata MERTENS 1961 is now considered as a subspecies of L. reevesi or as valid species (BÖHME 2003). Despite Leiolepis ocellata being nested within L. belliana, Grismer et al. 2014 treat it as a valid species because L. ocellata is morphologically distinct from L. belliana, has a different karyotype, and is genetically exclusive in each dataset

Karyotype: Leiolepis ocellata has 34 chromosomes while L. belliana has 34; However, the number does not appear to be completely clear. L. ocellata has thus been considered to be a full species (PAUWELS & CHIMSUNCHART 2007). 
EtymologyNamed after Thomas Bell (1792-1880), a British naturalist and dental surgeon who worked at Guy's Hospital, London (1816-1860). He became Professor of Zoology at King's College (1834) and described many ofthe reptiles Darwin collected. He was a friend ofGray and President of the Linnean Society (Beolens et al. 2011).  
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