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Kingdom  Animalia
Suborder  Sauria
Family  Agamidae
Phylum  Chordata
Rank  Species
Subphylum  Vertebrata
Infraorder  Iguania
Scientific name  Stellagama stellio
Higher classification  Laudakia
Order  Scaled reptiles
Stellagama Stellagama Laudakia stellio cypriaca Spiny Lizard Starred Agama
Genus  Stellagama Baig, Wagner, Ananjeva & Böhme, 2012
Similar  Laudakia, Reptile, Agamidae, Agama, Ophisops elegans

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Stellagama is a monotypic genus of agamid lizards containing the single species Stellagama stellio.


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Common names

Stellagama Stellagama Laudakia stellio daani Spiny Lizard Starred Agama or

Common names for S. stellio include stellion, hardim, hardun, star lizard, painted dragon, starred agama, sling-tailed agama, roughtail rock agama and kourkoutavlos.

Geographic range

S. stellio is found in Greece, Southwest Asia, and Northeast Africa.


Total length (including tail) of S. stellio is up to 35 centimetres (14 in) or slightly longer.

Behaviour and habitat

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Like many agamids, stellions can change color to express their moods. They bask on stone walls, rocks, and trees. They are usually found in rocky habitats, and are quite shy, being very ready to dive into cracks to hide from potential predators.


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The name "stellion" comes from Latin stellio, stēlio (stelliōn-, stēliōn-), which referred to any spotted lizard, from stella, star.


Stellagama Stellagama stellio Starred Agama

There are several subspecies, and S. stellio is likely a species complex. More research will be done, and this species may yet be split into several species.

The following seven subspecies are recognized as being valid, including the nominotypical subspecies.

  • Stellagama stellio brachydactyla (Haas, 1951)
  • Stellagama stellio cypriaca (Daan, 1967)
  • Stellagama stellio daani (Beutler & Frör, 1980)
  • Stellagama stellio picea (Parker, 1935)
  • Stellagama stellio salehi Y. Werner in Lachmann et al., 2006
  • Stellagama stellio stellio (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Stellagama stellio vulgaris (Sonnini & Latreille, 1802)
  • Nota bene: A trinomial authority in parentheses indicates that the subspecies was originally described in a genus other than Stellagama.


    Stellagama Wikipedia