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Gonocephalus is also a synonym of the catfish genus Clarotes.

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Gonocephalus liogaster
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Agamidae
Subfamily: Draconinae
Genus: Gonocephalus
Kaup, 1825[1]

Agama (part), Arua, Coryphophylax, Dilophyrus, Galeotes, Goniocephalus [sic], Gonyocephalus [sic], Hypsilurus, Iguana (part), Lophosteus, Lophyrus, Tiaris[2][3]

Gonocephalus is a genus of agamid lizards endemic to southeast Asia.[4]


Species from Melanesia and Australia which were formerly included in Gonocephalus are now placed in the genus Hypsilurus.[4]


As of 2013, Gonocephalus contains the following 17 species:[3]

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Gonocephalus.


  1. ^ Kaup JJ ("Caup [sic]") (1825). "Einige Bemerkungen zu Merrems Handbuch ". Isis von Oken 16: 589-593. (Gonocephalus, new genus, p. 590). (in German).
  2. ^ Boulenger GA (1885). Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Second Edition. Volume II. ... Agamidæ. London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiii + 497 pp. + Plates I-XXIV. (Genus Gonyocephalus [sic], p. 282).
  3. ^ a b Gonocephalus at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 5 September 2013.
  4. ^ a b Honda M, Ota H, Sengoku S, Yong HS, Hikida T (2002). "Molecular Evaluation of Phylogenetic Significances in the Highly Divergent Karyotypes of the Genus Gonocephalus (Reptilia: Agamidae) from Tropical Asia". Zoological Science. 19 (1): 129–133. doi:10.2108/zsj.19.129. hdl:2241/104127. PMID 12025399. S2CID 38549668.

Further reading[edit]

  • Das I (2006). A Photographic Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of Borneo. Sanibel Island, Florida: Ralph Curtis Books. 144 pp. ISBN 0-88359-061-1. (Gonocephalus species, pp. 81–84).
  • Smith MA (1935). The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Amphibia. Vol. II.—Sauria. London: Secretary of State for India in Council. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiii + 440 pp. + Plate I + 2 maps. (Genus Goniocephalus [sic], p. 157).