hatteria definition

  • noun:
    • a fresh Zealand lizard, the tuatara, Sphenodon.
    • a brand new Zealand lizard, which, in anatomical personality, varies extensively from all the existing lizards. It is the just living agent for the order Rhynchocephala, that many Mesozoic fossil species are known; -- labeled as in addition Sphenodon, tuatara, and Tuatera.
    • A genus of rhynchocephalous reptiles containing peculiar lizards of the latest Zealand, really the only residing associates for the order Rhynchocephala, therefore the style of the household Hatteriidæ. H. punctata is recognized as the tuatera. Also referred to as Sphenodon.
    • [lowercase] A member of this genus.

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