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Species of Thailand

Common butterfly lizard

Leiolepis belliana

Thomas Hardwicke & John Edward Gray, 1827

In Thai: แย้ใต้

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 ocellata, Olivier S. G. Pauwels & Chucheep Chimsunchart (2007)
  • Leiolepis cf. belliana, Larry Lee Grismer et al. (2007)
  • Leiolepis belliana belliana, Ulrich Manthey & Norbert Schuster (1999)
  • Liolepis belliana, Lim & Lim (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)


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Range Map

Distribution map of Common butterfly lizard, Leiolepis belliana in Thailand
  • Ban Lat District, Phetchaburi
  • Cha-Am District, Phetchaburi
  • Doi Suthep - Pui National Park
  • Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kaeng Krachan District, Phetchaburi
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Khao Lampi - Hat Thai Mueang National Park
  • Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
  • Klaeng District, Rayong
  • Ko Chang District, Trat
  • Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani
  • Ko Samet
  • Ko Samui District, Surat Thani
  • Ko Yao District, Phang Nga
  • Mae Wa Natinoal Park
  • Mae Wong National Park
  • Mueang Chaiyaphum District, Chaiyaphum
  • Mueang Nongbua Lamphu District, Nong Bua Lamphu
  • Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan District, Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Noen Maprang District, Phitsanulok
  • Omkoi Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Phuket Province
  • Sai Yok National Park
  • Si Racha District, Chonburi
  • Similan Islands
  • Ta Phraya National Park
  • Tarutao National Marine Park
  • Thap Sakae District, Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Thung Salaeng Luang National Park
  • Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary
Range map of Leiolepis belliana in Thailand