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  1. Iguanidae, family Iguanidae, Iguania, family Iguania(noun)

    New World lizards

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  1. Iguania

    The Iguania are the suborder of Squamata that contains the iguanas, chameleons, agamids, and New World lizards, such as anoles and Phrynosomatinae. The Iguania were previously believed to form the sister group to the remainder of the Squamata based on morphological characteristics, but molecular information has placed Iguania well within the Squamata as sister taxa to the Anguimorpha and closely related to snakes. They are largely arboreal and have primitively fleshy, nonprehensile tongues, but this condition is obviously highly modified in the chameleons. The clade currently includes these families: ⁕Family Agamidae – agamid lizards, Old World arboreal lizards ⁕Family Chamaeleonidae – chameleons ⁕Family Iguanidae – American arboreal lizards, chuckwallas, iguanas ⁕Subfamily Corytophaninae – helmet lizards ⁕Subfamily Crotaphytinae – collared lizards, leopard lizards ⁕Subfamily Hoplocercinae – dwarf and spinytail iguanas ⁕Subfamily Iguaninae – marine, Fijian, Galapagos land, spinytail, rock, desert, green, and chuckwalla iguanas ⁕Subfamily Oplurinae – Malagasy iguanas ⁕Subfamily Phrynosomatinae – North American spiny lizards ⁕Subfamily Polychrotinae – anoles and kinsubclade of Polychrotinae Anolis: anolessubclade of Polychrotinae Leiosaurini: leiosaurssubclade of Leiosaurini Leiosaurae:subclade of Leiosaurini Anisolepae:subclade of Polychrotinae Polychrus

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