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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Reptilia
Family  Agamidae
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Scaled reptiles
Subphylum  Vertebrata
Suborder  Iguania
Subfamily  Amphibolurinae
Rank  Genus
Lophognathus Lophognathus temporalis alias Striped Water Dragon Hippocampus
Similar  Diporiphora, Amphibolurus, Tympanocryptis, Lophocalotes, Phoxophrys

Lophognathus is a genus of lizards found in northern Australia extending south to the Murray-Darling Basin, New Guinea, and Tanimbar Islands. The five species are informally described as dragons, as are several genera in the family Agamidae, and closely related to those of Amphibolurus.

Lophognathus Gilbert39s dragon photo Lophognathus gilberti G138975 ARKive

Lophognathus species are slender, slightly compressed, agamid lizards that are often found in trees. They occur in a variety of habitat, including sand dunes and arid regions, but frequently near watercourses. Three species are endemic to Australia, L. burnsi, L. gilberti and L. longirostris; L. temporalis is found in both Australia and New Guinea. The last species, L. maculilabris, is endemic to the Tanimbar Islands (Timor Laut).

Lophognathus Gilbert39s dragon photo Lophognathus gilberti G139026 ARKive

In Australia, these lizards are colloquially known as "Ta Ta" lizards, due to their habit of "waving" after running across hot surfaces.

Lophognathus Gilbert39s dragon videos photos and facts Lophognathus gilberti

The first description of a species in the genus Lophognathus was by John Edward Gray in 1842. The species he described, Lophognathus gilberti, was named after English naturalist John Gilbert, the collector of the type specimen.


Five species are currently recognized in this genus:

  • Lophognathus burnsi Wells & Wellington, 1985
  • Lophognathus gilberti Gray, 1842 – Gilbert's lashtail, Gilbert's dragon
  • Lophognathus longirostris Boulenger, 1883 – long-snouted lashtail, long-nosed water dragon
  • Lophognathus maculilabris Boulenger, 1883
  • Lophognathus temporalis (Günther, 1867) – striped water dragon, swamplands lashtail, northern water dragon

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