Agama boueti CHABANAUD, 1917
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Agama boueti?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Mali Agama|
|Synonym||Agama boueti CHABANAUD 1917: 85|
Agama boueti — BÖHME 1985: 474
Agama boueti — JOGER & LAMBERT 1996: 35
Agama castroviejoi PADIAL 2005 (fide GENIEZ et al. 2011)
Agama boueti — CHIRIO 2009
Agama boueti — MEDIANNIKOV, TRAPE & TRAPE 2012: 128
Agama castroviejoi — MEDIANNIKOV, TRAPE & TRAPE 2012: 129
Agama castroviejoi — TRAPE et al. 2012
|Distribution||Mali, Morocco, S Mauritania (Assaba, Hodh Ech Chargui, Hodh El Gharbi, Trarza), NW Senegal, Niger, Burkina Faso, probably in Chad (L. Chirio, pers. comm.)|
Type locality: Niger (Gao)
castroviejoi: Mauritania (Adrar Mountains); Type locality: Adrar plateau, road from Atar to Tidjikja (Padial, 2005); road from Atar to Chinguetti via Ebnou Pass (Brito, 2003); 44 km from Chinguetti on the road to Adrar, 19 km before the Nouatil Pass (Geniez & Arnold, 2006).
|Types||Syntypes: MNHN-RA 1917.0044-0045 (2 syntypes)|
Holotype: MNCN 41779 [castroviejoi]
|Comment||Wermuth (1967) lists this species with a question mark indicating uncertain status.|
Synonymy: GENIEZ et al. 2011 suggested to synonymize Agama castroviejoi with A. boueti. However, other authors maintain it as valid species.
Agama castroviejoi is morphologically similar and genetically related to Agama impalearis. It is characterized by small size (snout-vent length of adults: 67.6-74.88 mm); long hind legs; gular region with brown irregular longitudinal lines; 10 preanal pores; fourth finger longer than first; small nuchal crest (composed of six spines) and absence of caudal crest; reddish eyelid in males; smooth head scales; regular keeled and mucronate dorsal scales; ventral scales smaller than dorsals; 55-63 scales around mid body; 10-12 surpralabials; 9-12 infralabials; 8-9 group of spines between the anterior margin of the ear opening and the shoulder; 12 lamellae under fourth finger; 19-21 lamellae under fourth toe. It is a solitary rock dweller inhabiting extremely dry habitats with scarce vegetation.
Distribution: PADIAL (2006) assigned a recent record of Agama boueti for the Adrar, near the type locality of A. castroviejoi, (Brito, 2003) to A. castroviejoi, a species very similar to A. boueti and endemic to this mountain range.
|Etymology||named after Dr. Javier Castroviejo (Galicia, Spain) “for his help and encouragement and in recognition of his great effort in funding the study and conservation of biodiversity in Spain, Africa, and Latin America”.|
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