Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria
Infraorder: Gekkota
Family: Gekkonidae
Subfamily: Gekkoninae
Genus: Urocotyledon
Kluge, 1983

Urocotyledon is a genus of lizards in the family Gekkonidae. The genus is endemic to Africa.

Geographic range

Species in the genus Urocotyledon are found on the African mainland and on associated islands.[1]


Five species are recognized as being valid.[1]

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Urocotyledon.


The specific name, rasmusseni, is in honor of Danish herpetologist Jens Bødtker Rasmussen.[2]

The specific name, weileri, is in honor of Justus Weiler who collected the holotype in Cameroon.[2][3]

The specific name, wolterstorffi, is in honor of German herpetologist Willy Wolterstorff.[2]


  1. 1 2 "Urocotyledon ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  2. 1 2 3 Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Urocotyledon rasmusseni, p. 217; U. weileri, p. 281; U. wolterstorffi, pp. 288-289).
  3. Lindholm WA (1905). "Beschreibung einer neuen Schlangenart (Dipsadophidium weileri nov. gen. et nov. sp.)" Jahrbücher des Nassauischen Vereins für Naturkunde 58: 183-187. (in German).

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