Document Type : Review Article


1 Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran

2 Department of Biology, Hakim Sabzevari University, Sabzevar, Iran;


There are numerous published data related to taxonomic structure and distribution of one of the most diverse and taxonomically confusing Iranian lizards, the genus phrynocephalus . The genus Phrynocephalus has a close relationship with genera Stellagama, Paralaudakia and Laudakia. There are about 10-12 species of this monophyletic genus in desert regions of Iran. The aim of this study is to provide a review of taxonomic changes as well as distribution plus a brief comparison of the Iranian Plateau phrynocephalus species.


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