Agamidae

The starred agama Agama stellio of Greece, from here.


Belongs within: Lepidosauria.
Contains: Ctenophorus.

The Agamidae, dragons, are a family of lizards found in much of the Old World. The family includes such species as the thorny devil Moloch horridus and the frilled lizard Chlamydosaurus kingii.

Characters (from Borsuk-Białynicka & Moody 1984): Brain case wall excavated between semicircular canals with proootic broadly exposed in horizontal wall ventral to excavation; epiotic foramen usually piercing center of excavation; acrodont and heterodont dentition displaying great amount of variability in number of pleurodont teeth contributing to main cheek series; maxilla underlying orbit, extending to frontoparietal suture or almost as far; premaxillary processes of maxillae fused in the midline, separating premaxillae from vomers.

REFERENCE

Borsuk-Białynicka, M., & S. M. Moody. 1984. Priscagaminae, a new subfamily of the Agamidae (Sauria) from the Late Cretaceous of the Gobi Desert. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 29 (1-2): 51-81.

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