Tuatara, c1945

Tuatara, c1945

Description

This is the skull and jaw of a tuatara ('Sphenodon punctatus'), believed to have been collected around 1945. Some of the tuatara’s most distinctive features, which help distinguish it from lizards, can be seen in the skull. The well-formed arches behind the eye, the beak-like front teeth and the main rows of 'teeth' (called acrodonts), which are fused bony serrations of the jaw, all help define the tuatara’s uniqueness. The length of tuatara ranges between 50 cm and 60 cm.

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