Biodiv Sci ›› 2022, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (4): 22071.  DOI: 10.17520/biods.2022071

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A dataset on the life-history and ecological traits of Chinese lizards

Yuxi Zhong, Chuanwu Chen, Yanping Wang()   

  1. College of Life Sciences, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023
  • Received:2022-02-09 Accepted:2022-04-18 Online:2022-04-20 Published:2022-04-29
  • Contact: Yanping Wang


China has a total of 226 native lizard species as of 2020 and is one of the countries with the richest lizard diversity in the world. Systematically gathering the trait data of Chinese lizards is of great importance in studying their origin, evolution, extinction, and conservation. However, there is no complete database on the life-history, ecological traits, and geographic distribution of Chinese lizards. The aim of this study is to provide a comprehensive dataset of species traits for Chinese lizards. Through extensive retrieval and collection, we systematically collated data on 19 characteristic traits for all the 226 native species of Chinese lizards: year of description, China Red List status, IUCN Red List status, Chinese endemism, insular endemism, mean snout-vent length, mean body mass, diet, clutch size, reproductive mode, leg development, activity time, substrate, habitat type, habitat width, elevation range, geographic range size, biogeographic realm, and domestic distribution. Nevertheless, data completeness varied from 47.14% to 100% among traits. Leg development, year of description, Chinese endemism, insular endemism, and domestic distribution were the only traits with a complete dataset. Our database is the latest and most complete one on species traits of Chinese lizards. This dataset can provide support for the research fields of ecology, evolution, biogeography, and conservation biology of Chinese lizards.

Database/Dataset Profile

Title A dataset on the life-history and ecological traits of Chinese lizards
Authors Yuxi Zhong, Chuanwu Chen, Yanping Wang
Corresponding author Yanping Wang (
Time range Until the end of 2020
Geographical scope The People’s Republic of China
File size 247 kb
Data format *.xlsx
Data link
Database/Dataset composition The dataset consists of one subset and two descriptive files in total. It comprises 19 life-history and ecological traits of all the 226 native species of Chinese lizards.

Key words: Chinese lizards, life-history traits, morphological traits, geographic distribution, data sharing