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A family of moderate to large, primarily diurnal lizards ranging from Africa through southern Europe, Asia, and the Indo-Australian Archipelago to New Guinea and Australia. Of the 36 genera and around 350 species currently recognised, some 73 species in 14 genera occur in Australia. The current generic arrangement is conservative and many genera are clearly polyphyletic.



Characterised in Australia by: well-developed pentadactyl limbs; eyes with movable eyelids; pupil more or less circular; external ear opening either obvious or hidden; body scales juxtaposed; tongue broad, flat and fleshy, slightly notched in front; scales on top of head small and irregular.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
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07-Feb-2024 16-Aug-2012 MODIFIED
08-Mar-2011 08-Mar-2011 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)