Agama lucyae WAGNER & BAUER, 2011
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Agama lucyae?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Agama lucyae WAGNER & BAUER 2011|
Type locality: ‘‘Wollega’’ [probably Shewa or Kefa province; see comment] today either Oromiya or Southern Nation, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region, Omo River, 58 km NW of Soddo [= Sodo], about 1,300 m elevation (a.s.l.). Coordinates: 7.27085°N, 37.37891°E.
|Types||Holotype: MCZ R-146689, young adult male.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A small Agama lizard (body length of males up to 53.5 mm SVL, females to 58.5 mm SVL), with a short depressed head, smooth head scalation, a large occip- ital scale, homogeneous body scalation, and strongly keeled but non- or only slightly mucronate dorsal scales. The nasal scale is on the canthus rostralis. Ear hole surrounded by single short conical scales; few tufts of spinose scales behind the ear and on the lateral side of the neck are present, tympa- num superficial. Short neck crest present in both sexes. Gular and ventral scales smooth. Tail not arranged in distinct whorls.|
|Comment||Distribution: There is some confusion about the exact location of the type locality. The original collection label shows only ‘‘Wollega’’ [5Welega or Wellega] as the province, whereas the MCZ online register gives both Wollega and Shewa. See WAGNER & BAUER 2011 for mor details.|
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||named after ‘‘Lucy’’ the famous hominid fossil of Australopithecus afarensis Johanson, White, and Coppens, 1978, found in the Hadar area (the northern offshoot of the Rift System) of Ethiopia.|