Sphenodon punctatum
Tuatara Tu`a*ta"ra, n. [Maori tuat[`a]ra; tua on the farther side (the back) + tara spine.] (Zo["o]l.) A large iguanalike reptile ({Sphenodon punctatum}) formerly common in New Zealand, but by 1900 confined to certain islets near the coast. It reaches a length of two and a half feet, is dark olive-green with small white or yellowish specks on the sides, and has yellow spines along the back, except on the neck. It is the only surviving member of the order {Rhyncocephala}. Also called {tuatera} and {hatteria}. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

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  • Sphenodon punctatum — noun only extant member of the order Rhynchocephalia of large spiny lizard like diapsid reptiles of coastal islands off New Zealand • Syn: ↑tuatara • Hypernyms: ↑diapsid, ↑diapsid reptile • Member Holonyms: ↑Sphenodon, ↑genus Sphenodon …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sphenodon — Sphénodon Sphénodon …   Wikipédia en Français

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  • Sphenodon — noun coextensive with the order Rhynchocephalia: tuataras • Syn: ↑genus Sphenodon • Hypernyms: ↑reptile genus • Member Holonyms: ↑Rhynchocephalia, ↑order Rhynchocephalia • Member Meronyms …   Useful english dictionary

  • genus Sphenodon — noun coextensive with the order Rhynchocephalia: tuataras • Syn: ↑Sphenodon • Hypernyms: ↑reptile genus • Member Holonyms: ↑Rhynchocephalia, ↑order Rhynchocephalia • Member Meronyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hattéria — Sphénodon Sphénodon …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Hattérie — Sphénodon Sphénodon …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Tuatara — Sphénodon Sphénodon …   Wikipédia en Français

  • σφηνόδους ο στικτός ή τουατάρα — (sphenodon punctatum ή hatteria punctata). Ερπετό της οικογένειας των Σφηνοδοντιδών, της τάξης των ρυγχοκεφαλίων, της οποίας είναι σήμερα ο μοναδικός εκπρόσωπος. Το τυπικό αυτό δείγμα ζωντανού απολιθώματος, που μελετήθηκε μόνο μετά το 1830 και… …   Dictionary of Greek

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