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Reptiles of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Common butterfly lizard

Thai: แย้ใต้

Binomial name: Leiolepis belliana, Thomas Hardwicke & John Edward Gray, 1827

The common butterfly lizard (Leiolepis belliana), or simply butterfly lizard, is a widespread species native to Asia.


The specific name, belliana, is in honor of English zoologist Thomas Bell.

Geographic range

It can be found in the forests of Indochina, Thailand, and Malaysia.


It is known for the beautiful patterns on its back and sides. It has yellow spots on its back, and small orange and black lines on its sides.

Invasive species

This species has been introduced into the United States, in Florida. It seems to have an established population there.


It lives on land that has been prepared for agricultural uses, as well as open sandy land along the coasts.

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Scientific classification

Leiolepis belliana

Common names

  • German: Prachtschmetterlingsagame
  • English:
    • Beauty butterfly lizard
    • Common butterfly lizard
  • Thai: แย้ใต้


  • Leiolepis belliana belliana, John Edward Gray, 1827

  • Leiolepis belliana ocellata, Günther Peters, 1971

    Range: Myanmar (= Burma), N Thailand (Chinag Mai, Lampang, Nan, Phayao, Tak). Type locality: "Kokariet, Birma"


  • Leiolepis ocellata, Larry Lee Grismer et al. (2014)
  • Leiolepis cf. belliana, Larry Lee Grismer et al. (2007)
  • Leiolepis ocellata, Olivier S. G. Pauwels & Chucheep Chimsunchart (2007)
  • Liolepis belliana, Lim & Lim (1999)
  • Leiolepis belliana belliana, Ulrich Manthey & Norbert Schuster (1999)
  • Leiolepis belliana, Merel J. Cox et al. (1998)
  • Leiolepis belliana, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
  • Leiolepis belliana ocellata, Franz Tiedemann et al. (1994)
  • Leiolepis belliana ocellata, Günther Peters (1971)
  • Liolepis belliana, Edward Harrison Taylor (1963)
  • Leiolepis belliana belliana, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1935)
  • Liolepis belliana, G. Hope Sworder (1933)
  • Leiolepis belliana, Giuseppe Scortecci (1932)
  • Liolepis belliana, Nelly de Rooij (1915)
  • Liolepis belliana, George Albert Boulenger (1890)
  • Liolepis bellii, Theodore Edward Cantor (1847)
  • Leiolepis bellii, John Edward Gray (1845)
  • Uromastix belliana, Thomas Hardwicke & John Edward Gray (1835)
  • Uromastyx belliana, Thomas Hardwicke & John Edward Gray (1827)
Leiolepis belliana

Leiolepis belliana

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Common butterfly lizard

Common butterfly lizard

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Distribution map of Common butterfly lizard, Leiolepis belliana in Thailand

Range map of Leiolepis belliana in Thailand

Important note; our range maps are based on limited data we have collected. The data is not necessarily accurate or complete.

Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.

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