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Aphaniotis :

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Aphaniotis is a genus of agamid lizards from Southeast Asia.[1]

A. ornata in Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia


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Species :


There are three species in genus Aphaniotis:[1]


  • Aphaniotis acutirostris – Indonesia Earless Agama[2]

  • Aphaniotis fusca – Earless Agamid,[3] Dusky Earless Agama, Peninsular Earless Agama[4]

  • Aphaniotis ornata – Ornate Earless Agama[5]

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Video :

Earless lizard (Aphaniotis fusca), Malaysia. 

Species : 


1- Earless Agamid ( Aphaniotis fusca ) :



Video :

Earless Agamid 


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Family : AGAMIDAE 
Species : Aphaniotis fusca
Size (snout to vent) : 7 cm 
Size (total length) : 21 cm


This species is to be found mainly in primary forest. Its spindly body shape and lack of external ear opening are the keys to its identification. Its body scales are extremely small, its neck crest is generally not visible and the inside of the mouth is light blue. The iris of the female and juveniles is brown, however in some populations the iris of the male may be a stunning blue.


This charming species appears to be active both by day and night. It ranges from southern Thailand through Peninsular Malaysia to Singapore. It also occurs on the island of Borneo.



Fig 4 : Sub-adult with mottled body and brown head, Singapore.

Fig 1 : Adult with blue iris, Macritchie Forest, Singapore.

Figs 2 and 3 : Adult with mottled brown and orange markings, Gunung Keledang, Perak, Peninsular Malaysia. 

close view on Aphaniotis fusca

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Aphaniotis fusca

2- Aphaniotis ornata  ( Ornate Earless Agama ) 

Ornate Earless Agama


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Family : AGAMIDAE 
Species : Aphaniotis ornata
Size (snout to vent) : 5.5 cm 
Size (total length) : 17 cm



This curious looking lizard inhabits moist, primary rainforest where it is to be found clinging to the trunks or branches of saplings, or resting on the upper surface of large leaves.


The species is similar in body form to the Earless Agamid Aphaniotis fusca, with a somewhat angular head, moderately slender body and long hind legs. In one respect it is markedly different in having evolved an unusual rounded ornamentation on top of the snout. This structure is probably used for communication : in males this feature is conical and in females it is flat. 


Its body colour is predominantly medium brown, with pale brown mottling, and the head is brown or olive green. The hind legs may also vary from brown to dark  olive brown. Some specimens may possess vague, dark diagonal eye stripes.


The Ornate Earless Agama (or Leaf-nosed Lizard) is restricted to the island of Borneo.

Figs 1 and 2 : Adult specimen on low vegetation in lowland primary forest at Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo.

Agamidae :  Introduction 

Agamidae Species : Africa  -  Asia  -  Australia & Papua new guinea

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