Stellagama

Stellagama stellio

''Stellagama'' is a monotypic genus of agamid lizards containing the single species ''Stellagama stellio''.
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Appearance

Total length of ''S. stellio'' is up to 35 centimetres or slightly longer.
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Naming

Common names for ''S. stellio'' include stellion, hardim, hardun, star lizard, painted dragon, starred agama, sling-tailed agama, roughtail rock agama and kourkoutavlos.The name "stellion" comes from Latin ''stellio'', ''st─ôlio'' , which referred to any spotted lizard, from ''stella'', star.There are several subspecies, and ''S. stellio'' is likely a species complex. More research will be done, and this species may yet be split into several species.

The following seven subspecies are recognized as being valid, including the nominotypical subspecies.

⤷ ''Stellagama stellio brachydactyla''
⤷ ''Stellagama stellio cypriaca''
⤷ ''Stellagama stellio daani''
⤷ ''Stellagama stellio picea''
⤷ ''Stellagama stellio salehi'' Y. Werner in Lachmann et al., 2006
⤷ ''Stellagama stellio stellio''
⤷ ''Stellagama stellio vulgaris''

''Nota bene'': A trinomial authority in parentheses indicates that the subspecies was originally described in a genus other than ''Stellagama''.

Behavior

Like many agamids, stellions can change color to express their moods. They bask on stone walls, rocks, and trees. They are usually found in rocky habitats, and are quite shy, being very ready to dive into cracks to hide from potential predators.

Habitat

Like many agamids, stellions can change color to express their moods. They bask on stone walls, rocks, and trees. They are usually found in rocky habitats, and are quite shy, being very ready to dive into cracks to hide from potential predators.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassReptilia
OrderSquamata
FamilyAgamidae
GenusStellagama
SpeciesS. stellio
Photographed in
Jordan
Turkey