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Liolaemus tenuis male (left) and female
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Liolaemidae
Frost & Etheridge, 1989

Liolaeminae (but see text)

Liolaemidae are a family of iguanian lizards. They are traditionally included in the Iguanidae as subfamily Liolaeminae, which some more recent authors prefer to delimit in a more restricted way. A common name for this group is liolaemids. Liolaemidae are typically herbivores, who have a high diet in fruit. Because of this special diet, Liolaemidae have a larger small intestine when compared to other similar omnivorous and insectivorous lizards.

The genera placed here are:


  1. ^ O'Grady, Shannon P. "Correlating diet and digestive tract specialization: Examples from the lizard family Liolaemidae". Science Direct. Urban & Fischer. Retrieved 10 August 2005.