You are here » home search results Leiolepis reevesii

Leiolepis reevesii (GRAY, 1831)

Can you confirm these amateur observations of Leiolepis reevesii?

Add your own observation of
Leiolepis reevesii »

Find more photos by Google images search: Google images

Higher TaxaAgamidae (Leiolepididae or Leiolepidinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Reeves' Butterfly Lizard
G: Reeves Schmetterlingsagame
Chinese: 蜡皮蜥 
SynonymUromastyx Reveesii GRAY 1831: 62
Leiolepis Reveesii GRAY 1845: 263
Leiolepis reevesii — THEOBALD 1868: 34
Leiolepis belliana reevesii — MERTENS 1961: 509
Leiolepis reevesii — COX et al. 1998: 105
Leiolepis reevesii — CHAN-ARD et al. 1999: 134
Leiolepis reevesii — NGUYEN et al. 2009
Leiolepis reevesii — HARTMANN et al. 2012: 108 
DistributionS China (Macao, Guangdong, Hainan, Guangxi), Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand

Type locality: not given; “China” fide BOULENGER 1885.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.14.59 (xxiii.76a) from China, Asia, J. Reeves donor 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: “Rückenflecken hell, zahlreich und dicht beieinander stehend,
so daß ihre dunklen Ränder ein grobmaschiges Netzwerk bilden. Flanken sehr
ähnlich wie bei der Nominatrasse mit orange- oder ziegelroten und schwarzen
Querbändern, diese jedoch weniger markant als bei der Nominatrasse. 6-7
Schuppen quer um die Mitte auf der Unterseite der Tibia, etwa 3 Dorsalschuppen
entsprechen der Breite einer Bauchschuppe. 13-16 Femoralporen jederseits.” (Mertens 1961: 510).

Diagnosis: “Die relativ kurzbeinigste aller Arten. Deutliche Sexualdifferenzen
in Färbung und Zeichnung: Rückenzeichnung bei den Männchen deutlich ozelliert oder mit schwärzlichem polygonalen Netzmuster, bei den Weibchen mit undeutlicher oder blasser Streifen- und Tüpfelzeichnung. Flankenpartien der Weibchen ohne Zeichnung, doch in ihrer hinteren Hälfte orangerot gefärbt. Männchen mit kontrastvoller Flankenzeichnung. Auf der Unterseite der 4. Zehe auffallend wenig Subdigitallamellen (28 - 32/33 - 38).” (Peters 1971: 122). 
CommentSynonymy: Has been considered a synonym of Leiolepis belliana by SMITH 1935 and others.

Subspecies: Leiolepis reevesii rubritaeniata MERTENS 1961 has been elevated to full species status.

Phylogenetics: L. reevesii and L. belliana do not appear to be completely separated with multiple lineages, hence their status remains debatable (Grismer et al. 2014). 
EtymologyNamed after John Reeves (1774-1856), naturalist and collector who sent specimens of plants and animals back to Britain. Reeves was employed by the East India Company as an ‘Inspector of Tea’ and lived in China from 1812 to 1831. Note that Steijneger (1907) stated that John Russell Reeves (1804-1877), the son of John Reeves, sent the material to Gray, so there is a chance of confusion here. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Bobrov V.V., Semenov D.V. 2008. Lizards of Vietnam [in Russian]. Moscow, 236 pp.
  • Böhme, W. 2003. Zur Kenntnis aggressiver Auseinandersetzungen frei lebender Schmetterlingsagamen (Gattung Leiolepis CUVIER), mit einer bei Wirbeltieren bisher unbekannten Lokomotionsform. Draco 4 (14): 34-39 - get paper here
  • Chan-ard, T., Parr, J.W.K. & Nabhitabhata, J. 2015. A field guide to the reptiles of Thailand. Oxford University Press, NY, 352 pp. [see book reviews by Pauwels & Grismer 2015 and Hikida 2015 for corrections] - get paper here
  • Chan-ard,T.; Grossmann,W.; Gumprecht,A. & Schulz,K. D. 1999. Amphibians and reptiles of peninsular Malaysia and Thailand - an illustrated checklist [bilingual English and German]. Bushmaster Publications, Würselen, Gemany, 240 pp. [book review in Russ. J Herp. 7: 87] - get paper here
  • Cox, Merel J.; Van Dijk, Peter Paul; Jarujin Nabhitabhata & Thirakhupt,Kumthorn 1998. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Ralph Curtis Publishing, 144 pp.
  • Crane, Matt S.; Colin T. Strine, Tyler K. Knierim, Taks in Artchawakom, and Pongthep Suwanwaree 2018. Herpetofaunal Species Abundance, Richness, and Diversity in a Dry Tropical Forest and Agricultural Matrix at the Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve, Thailand. Herp. Cons. Biol. 13 (3): 586–597 - get paper here
  • Darevsky I S; Kupriyanova L A 1993. Two new all-female lizard species of the genus Leiolepis Cuvier, 1829 from Thailand and Vietnam (Squamata: Sauria: Uromastycinae). Herpetozoa 6 (1-2): 3-20 - get paper here
  • Du, Yu; Chi-Xian Lin, Long-Hui Lin, Qing-Bo Qiu, and Xiang Ji 2011. Ontogenetic Shifts in Sexual Dimorphism and Female Reproduction in the Reeves's Butterfly Lizard Leiolepis reevesii from Hainan, China. Journal of Herpetology 45 (4): 399-405. - get paper here
  • GOLDBERG, S., BURSEY, C.R. & GRISMER, L.L. 2019. Endoparasiten der Schmetterlingsagame Leiolepis reevesii (Squamata: Agamidae) aus China. Sauria 41 (3): 55-56 - get paper here
  • Gray, J. E. 1831. A synopsis of the species of Class Reptilia. In: Griffith, E & E. Pidgeon: The animal kingdom arranged in conformity with its organisation by the Baron Cuvier with additional descriptions of all the species hither named, and of many before noticed [V Whittaker, Treacher and Co., London: 481 + 110 pp. [1830]
  • Gray, J. E. 1845. Catalogue of the specimens of lizards in the collection of the British Museum. Trustees of die British Museum/Edward Newman, London: xxvii + 289 pp. - get paper here
  • Grismer, J.L. & Grismer, L.L. 2010. Who’s your mommy? Identifying maternal ancestors of asexual species of Leiolepis Cuvier, 1829 and the description of a new endemic species of asexual Leiolepis Cuvier, 1829 from Southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 2433: 47–61 - get paper here
  • Grismer, Jesse L.; Aaron M. Bauer, L. Lee Grismer, Kumthorn Thirakhupt, Anchelee Aowphol, Jamie R. Oaks, Perry L. Wood Jr, Chan Kin Onn, Neang Thy, Micheal Cota and Todd Jackman 2014. Multiple origins of parthenogenesis, and a revised species phylogeny for the Southeast Asian butterfly lizards, Leiolepis. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 113 (4): 1080–1093 - get paper here
  • Hartmann, Timo 2012. Unter Forschern. Vielfalt zwischen Tempeln und Landminen – Herpetologische Feldarbeit in Kambodscha. Terraria-Elaphe 2012 (3): 42-45 - get paper here
  • HARTMANN, Timo; Flora IHLOW, Sarah EDWARDS, SOVATH Sothanin, Markus HANDSCHUH and Wolfgang BÖHME 2013. A Preliminary Annotated Checklist of the Amphibians and Reptiles of the Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary in Northern Cambodia. Asian Herpetological Research 4 (1): 36–55 - get paper here
  • Hartmann, Timo; Sovath Sothanin, Markus Handschuh, Wolfgang Böhme 2012. The Taxonomic Status of the Red-Banded Butterfly Lizard, Leiolepis rubritaeniata Mertens, 1961, with Distributional and Natural History Notes. Russ. J. Herpetol. 19 (2): 108-114 - get paper here
  • Lin, Long-Hui; Xiang Ji, Cheong-Hoong Diong, Yu Du, Chi-Xian Lin 2010. Phylogeography and population structure of the Reevese’s Butterfly Lizard (Leiolepis reevesii) inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 56 (2): 601-607 - get paper here
  • Manthey U 2010. Agamid Lizards of Southern Asia. Draconinae 2 -Leiolepidinae. Edition Chimaira, Terralog 7b, Frankfurt, 168 pp.
  • Mertens, R. 1961. Die Rassen der Schmetterlingsagame, Leiolepis belliana. Senckenbergiana biologica 42: (5/6): 507-510
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • Srikulnath K, Matsubara K, Uno Y, Thongpan A, Suputtitada S, Apisitwanich S, Matsuda Y, Nishida C. 2009. Karyological characterization of the butterfly lizard (Leiolepis reevesii rubritaeniata, Agamidae, Squamata) by molecular cytogenetic approach. Cytogenet Genome Res. 125 (3):213-23 - get paper here
  • Taylor, E.H. 1963. The lizards of Thailand. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 44: 687-1077. - get paper here
  • Theobald, William 1868. Catalogue of the reptiles of British Birma, embracing the provinces of Pegu, Martaban, and Tenasserim; with descriptions of new or little-known species. Zool. J. Linnean Soc. 10: 4-67. - get paper here
  • Wang, Kai; Jinlong Ren, Hongman Chen, Zhitong Lyu, Xianguang Guo Ke Jiang, Jinmin Chen, Jiatang Li, Peng Guo, Yingyong Wang, Jing Che 2020. The updated checklists of amphibians and reptiles of China. Biodiversity Science 28 (2): 189-218 - get paper here
  • Zhao,E. & Adler,K. 1993. Herpetology of China. SSAR, Oxford/Ohio, 1-522
  • Zhu, X., Hua, L., Fang, M., DU, Y., Lin, C., Lin, L., & Ji, X. 2020. Lineage diversification and niche evolution in the Reeves’ Butterfly Lizard Leiolepis reevesii (Agamidae). Integrative Zoology - get paper here
External links  
Is it interesting? Share with others:

As link to this species use URL address:

without field 'search_param'. Field 'search_param' is used for browsing search result.

Please submit feedback about this entry to the curator