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Pygopus lepidopodus (LACÉPÈDE, 1804)

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Higher TaxaPygopodidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesE: Southern Scaly-foot, Common Scaly Foot
G: Schlangenflossenfuß,Gewöhnlicher Flossenfuß 
SynonymBipes lepidopus [sic] LACÉPÈDE 1804
Lacerta lepidopus — SHAW & NODDER 1805: plate 663
Sheltopusik novaehollandiae OPPEL 1811
Pygopus lepidopodus — MERREM 1820
? Hysteropus novae Hollandiae — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 828
Pygopus squamiceps GRAY 1845
Pygopus longicaudatus TEPPER 1882 (nomen oblitum)
Pygopus lepidopus [sic] — BOULENGER 1885: 240
Pygopus lepidopodus — KLUGE 1974: 149
Pygopus lepidopodus — KLUGE 1993
Pygopus lepidopodus — RÖSLER 1995: 90
Pygopus lepidopodus — COGGER 2000: 297
Pygopus lepidopodus — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, West Australia)

Type locality: Nouvelle-Hollande. Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
TypesHolotype: PM 7154; lectotype: MNHN 7154 
CommentSynonymy mostly after COGGER 1983 and KLUGE 1993.

Size up to 80 cm.


Type species: Bipes lepidopus LACÉPÈDE 1804 is the type species of the genus Pygopus MERREM 1820. 
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  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Duméril, A. M. C. and G. Bibron. 1839. Erpétologie Générale on Histoire Naturelle Complète des Reptiles. Vol.5. Roret/Fain et Thunot, Paris, 871 pp. - get paper here
  • Glauert, L. 1956. Herpetological Miscellanea VIII Snake Lizards and Worm Lizards (Family Pygopodidae). Western Australian Naturalist 5 (6):
  • 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
  • Kinghorn, J. Roy 1926. A brief review of the family Pygopodidae. Rec. Austral. Mus. 15 (1): 40-64 - get paper here
  • Kluge, Arnold G. 1976. Phylogenetic relationships in the lizard family Pygopodidae: an evaluation of theory, methods and data. Miscellaneous Publications, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan (152): 1-72 - get paper here
  • LaCépède, B. G. E. L. 1804. Mémoire sur plusieurs animaux de la Nouvelle- Hollande dont la description n’a pas encore été publiée. Annales du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, 4:184-211 - get paper here
  • Laube, A. & Langner, C. 2007. Die “Geckos” Australiens. Draco 8 (29): 4-21 - get paper here
  • Lethbridge P J. Hawkes T A. 1994. New data on the distribution of Pygopus lepidopodus (Pygopodidae). Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 37 (1): 120.
  • Merrem, B. 1820. Versuch eines Systems der Amphibien I (Tentamen Systematis Amphibiorum). J. C. Kriegeri, Marburg, 191 pp.
  • Murphy, Michael J. 1994. Reptiles and amphibians of Seven Mile Beach National park, NSW. Herpetofauna (Sydney) 24 (2): 24-30
  • Oliver, P.M.; Couper, P. & Amey, A. 2010. A new species of Pygopus (Pygopodidae; Gekkota; Squamata) from north-eastern Queensland. Zootaxa 2578: 47–61 - get paper here
  • Oppel, M. 1811. Die Ordnungen, Familien und Gattungen der Reptilien, als Prodrom einer Naturgeschichte derselben. J. Lindauer, München.
  • Rösler, Herbert 1995. Geckos der Welt - Alle Gattungen. Urania, Leipzig, 256 pp.
  • Shaw,G. & Nodder, Elizabeth (Eds.) 1805. The Naturalist's Miscellany [...], Vol. XVI. London, Nodder & Co., plates 637-684, 176 unnumbered pages, [published in monthly issues be-tween August 1, 1804, and July 1, 1805]
  • Swan, Michael G. 1997. The presence of the common scaly foot, Pygopus lepidopodus on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. Herpetofauna (Sydney) 27 (2): 53
  • Tepper, J. G. O. 1882. Notes on some South Australian lizards. Transactions and Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of South Australia, 5:32-33 - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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