Agama parafricana TRAPE, MEDIANNIKOV & TRAPE, 2012
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Agama parafricana?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Agama parafricana TRAPE, MEDIANNIKOV & TRAPE 2012 in MEDIANNIKOV et al. 2012|
|Distribution||Togo, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria|
Type locality: Asrama forest* (07°00’ N 01°23’ E), Togo
|Types||Holotype: MNHN 2010.0630 (GenBank: JF520734), previously IRD TR.3130, an adult male collected on 1 March 2010, by J.-F. Trape (Fig. 26).|
Paratypes. MNHN 2010.0631 (GenBank: JF520728), previously IRD TR.3200, a gravid female collected on 4 March 2010 at Bassila (09°01’N 01°39’ E), Benin, by J.-F. Trape (Fig. 28a, b); IRSNB 2662 (GenBank: JF520729), previously IRD TR.3248, an adult female collected on 7 March 2010 at Guiguisso (09°03’ N 01°40’ E), Benin, by a villager (Fig. 28c) IRSNB 2663 (GenBank: JF520730), previously; IRD TR.3249, a gravid female collected on 7 March 2010 at Guiguisso by a villager (Fig. 28d ); IRD TR.3311 (GenBank: JF520731), a male collected on 7 March 2010 at Guiguisso by a villager; IRD TR.3316, a female collected on 7 March 2010 at Guiguisso by a villager.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. The genetic results and the following characters: a species resembling A. agama, A. paragama, and A. africana but characterized by a much smaller snout-vent length of adult males (82 – 101 mm instead of 115 – 140 mm), a low vertebral count (29 – 34 instead of 40 – 56 in sympatric specimens of A. agama),and strongly carinated and mucronate dorsal scales (feebly arinated and mucronate scales in sympatric specimens of A. agama).|
|Etymology||The name of the new species refers to its close relationship to A. africana.|