Tuatara

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Tuatara
Temporal range: Pleistocene – present,[1] 0.126–0Ma
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Male northren tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus)
Scienteefic clessification e
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Reptilia
Order: Rhynchocephalia
Faimily: Sphenodontidae
Genus: Sphenodon
Gray, 1831 (conserved name)
Teep species
Hatteria punctata
Gray, 1842
Species
  • S. punctatus
    (Gray, 1842) (conserved name)
  • S. guntheri
    Buller, 1877
  • S. diversum
    Colenso, 1885
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Native range (New Zealand)
Synonyms
  • Sphaenodon
    Gray, 1831 (rejectit name)
  • Hatteria
    Gray, 1842 (rejected name)
  • Rhynchocephalus
    Owen, 1845 (rejectit name)

Tuatara are reptiles endemic tae New Zealand. Aetho resemblin maist lizards, thay are pairt o a distinct lineage, the order Rhynchocephalia.[2]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "Sphenodon". The Paleobiology Database. Retrieved 7 Juin 2014. 
  2. "Tuatara". New Zealand Ecology: Living Fossils. TerraNature Trust. 2004. Retrieved 10 November 2006.