Laudakia stellio


Laudakia stellio

Taxobox | name = Stellion



regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Reptilia
ordo = Squamata
familia = Agamidae
genus = "Laudakia"
species = "L. stellio"
binomial = "Laudakia stellio"
binomial_authority = (Linnaeus, 1758)
subdivision_ranks = Subspecies
subdivision ="Laudakia stellio stellio"
"Laudakia stellio brachydactyla"
"Laudakia stellio cypriaca"
"Laudakia stellio daani"
"Laudakia stellio picea"
"Laudakia stellio salehi"
"Laudakia stellio vulgaris"
synonyms = "Stellio stellio"

A stellion ("Laudakia stellio"), also known as a hardim or star lizard, [Also known as a hardun, painted dragon, Starred Agama, Sling-tailed Agama, or Roughtail Rock Agama.] is a species of agamid lizard found in Greece, Southwest Asia, and Northeast Africa. Like many agamas, stellions can change color to express thier moods. They bask on stone walls, rocks and buildings, and also on trees. They are usually found in rocky habitats, and are quite shy, being very ready to dive into cracks to hide from potential predators.

The name "stellion" comes from Latin "stellio", "stēlio" ("stelliōn-", "stēliōn-"), which referred to any spotted lizard, from "stella", star.

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References

* [http://www.tigr.org/reptiles/species.php?genus=Laudakia&species=stellio The Reptile Database]
* [http://www.euroherp.com/species.php?sp=74 European Field Herping Community]


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