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Higher TaxaPygopodidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Southern Scaly-foot, Common Scaly Foot (scalyfoot)
G: Schlangenflossenfuß,Gewöhnlicher Flossenfuß 
SynonymBipes lepidopus [sic] LACÉPÈDE 1804
Lacerta lepidopus — SHAW & NODDER 1805: plate 663
Sheltopusik novae-hollandiae 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, Western Australia)

Type locality: Nouvelle-Hollande.  
TypesLectotype: MNHN-RA 7154 (3114). Designation by Guibé (1954), fide Brygoo (1990). 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS (genus): Pygopus differs from all other pygopodid genera in possessing the following combination of character states: a) dorsal surface of head covered with large and small scales, b) three to five postmental scales, c) 21 or more midbody scale rows, d) dorsal body scales usually keeled, e) nine or more preanal pores (Kluge 1974: 149). 
CommentSynonymy mostly after COGGER 1983 and KLUGE 1993.

Limb morphology: Limbless.

Type species: Bipes lepidopus LACÉPÈDE 1804 is the type species of the genus Pygopus MERREM 1820 which is the type genus of the family Pygopodidae BOULENGER 1884 (originally Pygopidae GRAY 1840). GRAY 1843: 25 used the genus name Pygopi, probably a typo (or plural) for Pygopus. Boulenger's (1884) emended family name Pygopodidae is accepted over Gray's (1841a) original spelling, Pygopidae, because the ending -podidae is the correct latinized term for the Greek podos which is the genitive singular of pous (International Congress of Zoology, 1961:136). The family name Pygopidae is now applied to a terebratulid brachiopod, type genus Pygope Link.

Phylogenetics: see Skipwith et al. 2019 for a phylogenetic tree of the family. 
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