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Agama lucyae WAGNER & BAUER, 2011

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Lucy’s Agama 
SynonymAgama lucyae WAGNER & BAUER 2011 
DistributionN Ethiopia

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.  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: MCZ R-146689, young adult male. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: 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 occipital scale, homogeneous body scalation, and strongly keeled but nonor 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, tympanum superficial. Short neck crest present in both sexes. Gular and ventral scales smooth. Tail not arranged in distinct whorls. 
CommentDistribution: 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). 
Etymologynamed 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. 
  • Kwet, Axel 2012. Liste der im Jahr 2011 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Terraria-Elaphe 2012 (3): 46-57 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Spawls, Stephen; Tomáš Mazuch& Abubakr Mohammad 2023. Handbook of Amphibians and Reptiles of North-east Africa. Bloomsbury, 640 pp. - get paper here
  • Wagner, Philipp and Aaron Bauer 2011. A new dwarf Agama (Sauria: Agamidae) from Ethiopia. Breviora (527): 1-19 - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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