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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesNorthern Ground Agama, Peter’s Ground Agama 
SynonymAgama armata PETERS 1855 (non Agama armata HARDWICKE & GRAY 1827)
Agama armata — BOULENGER 1885: 352
Agama hispida var. armata — BOULENGER & POWER 1921: 261
Agama hispida armata — MERTENS 1938
Agama hispida armata — FITZSIMONS 1943: 149
Agama hispida armata — LOVERIDGE 1957: 193
Agama hispida mertensi — WERMUTH 1967: 15 (nom. nov.)
Agama aculeata armata — AUERBACH 1987: 99
Agama aculeata armata — BOYCOTT 1992
Agama aculeata armata — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 11
Agama armata — BARTS & WILMS 2003
Agama armata — BATES et al. 2014: 305
Agama armata — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 237 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Swaziland, S Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), SW Kenya, C Tanzania; elevation 1400 - 2000 m, Zimbabwe

Type locality: (Rios de) Sena, Tete, Mossambique.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesSyntypes: ZMB 4244-6, 4247 (3 specimens), 4248, 9199 
Diagnosis 
CommentSynonymy: The validity of this species has been argued (JACOBSEN 1993). May be confused with A. aculeata. 
Etymology 
References
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