Rahul Sharma

Heliobolus lugubris

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Kingdom  Animalia
Family  Lacertidae
Genus  Heliobolus
Order  Scaled reptiles
Class  Reptilia
Phylum  Chordata
Rank  Species
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Similar  Heliobolus, Pedioplanis, Ichnotropis squamulosa, Scaled reptiles, Nucras

Heliobolus lugubris, also known commonly as the bushveld lizard, is a species of lizard in the family Lacertidae. The species is native to southern Africa.

Mimicry

Juveniles of H. lugubris are black with light spots and move with a hunched gait, mimicking the appearance of Anthia ground beetles. This mimicry is thought to discourage predation, as the beetles spray formic acid as a defense mechanism and are thus less appealing targets for predators. This is one of very few recorded examples of a vertebrate mimicking an invertebrate.

References

Heliobolus lugubris Wikipedia


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