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Plated Confusion

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Posted by: ScooterGWheel at Sun Jan 7 13:51:40 2007  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by ScooterGWheel ]  
   

About a week or two ago, I was looknig for bearded dragons in a local pet store when I came across two *apparently* large skink-like lizards. Since no beardies were in sight, I purchased the two of them. Since then I have become the proud owner of 5 plated lizards.

With a variety of plateds, I noticed differences, and went out on the web to classify my scale skinks.

Dead ends everywhere. No sure classification on any except two.

So now I ask this forum to help me clarify the names *with pics, of course* of all the members of the Genus Gerrhosaurus.

Gerrhosaurus major was easiest to find and classify.
http://www.nhf.dk/galleri/images/ogle8.jpg

The others, not so much.

After deducing and searching the net with my friend, I have come up with a somewhat valid classification set.

Major, of course, is listed above.

Validus.
http://www.swissherp.org/Reptiles/Cordylidae/Gerrhosaurus_validus.jpg

Nigrolineatus. *thanks to a skull identification site*
http://www.azreptileshow.20m.com/images/plated_2.jpg

Multilineatus.
http://ownersfish.fc2web.com/lizards/lizards/06-lizards/06-06-30oni-02-01.jpg

Flavigularis.
http://www.reptilesforsale.com/PLATED.jpg

And finally,

the hidden species,

Typicus.
http://www.dierenambulance.nl/Gerrhosaurus Major.JPG


I found that there is a LOT of misidentification in this genus, so feel free to correctly identify any of the following.


   

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