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Pygopus - Merrem, 1820

Etymology: 'rump foot', referring to the flap-like scales either side of the vent.

Taxonomic notes:

Statistics: Reproductive modes:
Oviparous - 5 out of 5 Australian species

Size range:
Smallest Australian species: northern hooded scaly-foot (Pygopus steelescotti) at 18.5 cm
 Longest Australian species: common scaly-foot (Pygopus lepidopodus) at 27.4 cm
Number of Australian species: 5

common scaly-foot (Pygopus lepidopodus)
Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Photo © Dan Lynch
common scaly-foot (Pygopus lepidopodus) distribution range map Pygopus lepidopodus
Common scaly-foot
Year described
(Lacépède 1804)

western hooded scaly-foot (Pygopus nigriceps)
Tanami Desert, Northern Territory
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
western hooded scaly-foot (Pygopus nigriceps) distribution range map Pygopus nigriceps
Western hooded scaly-foot
Year described
(Fischer 1882)

Roberts' scaly-foot (Pygopus robertsi)
Shipton's Flat, Queensland
Photo © Steve Wilson
Roberts' scaly-foot (Pygopus robertsi) distribution range map Pygopus robertsi
Roberts' scaly-foot
Year described
Oliver, Couper & Amey 2010
A large, robust pygopodid lizard; rounded snout; >10 precloacal pores; <100 ventral scales; midbody scales in 21 rows; approximately nine rows of weakly keeled dorsal scales; superciliary scales in a single, continuous row between supraocular scales and orbit.1

eastern hooded scaly-foot (Pygopus schraderi)
Ravenswood, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
eastern hooded scaly-foot (Pygopus schraderi) distribution range map Pygopus schraderi
Eastern hooded scaly-foot
Year described
Boulenger 1913

northern hooded scaly-foot (Pygopus steelescotti)
Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
northern hooded scaly-foot (Pygopus steelescotti) distribution range map Pygopus steelescotti
Northern hooded scaly-foot
Year described
James, Donnellan & Hutchinson 2001

  1. Oliver, Paul M.; Couper, Patrick; & Amey, Andrew (2010). A new species of Pygopus (Pygopodidae; Gekkota; Squamata) from north-eastern Queensland. Zootaxa, 2578:47-61.
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