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Sauria (Lizards)

  1. Michael J Benton

Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0004127



How to Cite

Benton, M. J. 2005. Sauria (Lizards). eLS. .

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  1. University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 SEP 2005


Lizards are generally small fast-moving four-legged slender terrestrial animals. The group of 4880 species of lizards, however, contains some exceptions: the large predatory Komodo dragon, the marine Galapagos iguana, the gliding Draco, various limbless forms, and burrowers.


  • reptiles;
  • lizards;
  • ectothermy