Agama hulbertorum WAGNER, 2014
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Agama hulbertorum?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Ngong Agama|
|Synonym||Agama hulbertorum WAGNER 2014|
Agama hulbertorum — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 228
Type locality: Elangata Wuas, 26 km bearing 266 (true North) from Kajiado, (1°52’18.7’’ S, 36°33’46.6’’ E), ca 1,300 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: CAS 198880, adult male, collected by M. Cheptumo, P. Matolo & J.V. Vindum on 3.VI.1995. This holotype and name were registered at Zoobank under LISD FA8C667B- C1C4-44B2-8083-F245230C3566.|
Paratypes: CAS 198908–914, all from Elangata Wuas, 20.8 km bearing 248 (true North) from Kajiado (1°55’38.6’’ S, 36°37’22.0’’ E), collected by M. Cheptumo, P. Matolo & J.V. Vindum on 30.V.1995. CAS 198995–199008, all from Elangata Wuas, Base Camp Sinya Omelok, 20.4 km bearing 247 (true North) from Kajiado (1°55’45.9’’ S, 36°37’41.1’’ E), collected by M. Cheptumo, P. Matolo & J.V. Vindum on 28.V.1995.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A small Agama of the A. lionotus complex. It can be identified by the following combination of characters: nasal scale pear-shaped, keeled and tubular; nasal scale in contact with the first canthus scale; nuchal crest minute, consisting of few, indistinctly raised scales; ear opening surrounded by five tufts of spiny scales, with two addition- al tufts on the neck; vertebral scales feebly keeled, dorsal and lateral scales keeled, ventral and gular scales smooth; dorsal and lateral caudal scales keeled, ventral caudal scales smooth; and males with one discontinuous row of precloa- cal pores. Males in nuptial colouration exhibit a red throat, without any pattern, a vertebral stripe, and a narrowly an- nulated blue and white colour pattern on the tail.|
|Comment||Habitat: A rupicolous lizard with individuals inhabiting rocky outcrops or solitary larger stones and rocks in an arid landscape with Acacia shrub vegetation.|
Behavior: It is diurnal and lives in harem groups of one dominant male and sev- eral females and juveniles (A. Burmann, pers. com. 2006, cited in Wagner 2014).
|Etymology||This species is named in honour of Andrea and Felix Hulbert, in recognition of their contributions to the captive breeding of African reptiles and, of course, our glorious friendship.|