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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesNamib Rock Agama 
SynonymAgama planiceps PETERS 1862: 15
Agama planiceps — BOULENGER 1885: 358
Agama planiceps — BOULENGER 1888
Agama planiceps planiceps — LOVERIDGE 1936: 56
Agama planiceps schacki MERTENS 1938: 433
Agama agama planiceps — MONARD 1951: 131
Agama planiceps planiceps — MERTENS 1955: 57
Agama planiceps schacki — HELLMICH 1957: 47
Agama planiceps — WERMUTH 1967: 20
Agama agama planiceps — LEBRETON 1999
Agama planiceps — BARTS & WILMS 2003 
DistributionNamibia (Damaraland, Kaokoveld)

schacki: Angola. Type locality: Cubal (900 m. elevation), Province Benguella, Angola.

Type locality: Neu-Barmen, im Hererolande, an der Westküste von Afrika, im 21.° südlicher Breite [= Otjimbingue, Namibia] Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
TypesSyntypes: ZMB 4200-1
Syntype. ZISP 1140, 1 specimen, “Otjimbingue” [Otjimbingwe, Erongo region, Namibia]. Received from ZMB in 1868. 
CommentAgama planiceps mwanzae is listed here as a separate species, A. mwanzae.

Not in Cameroon (P. Wagner, pers. comm.)

A. planiceps exhibits a striking sexual dimorphism: males have bright red head and a dark blue body while females have a head with light spots on dark base color (see back cover of Iguana-Rundschreiben 1/2006). 
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  • Peters,W.C.H. 1862. Übersicht einiger von dem , durch seine afrikanische Sprachforschungen, rühmlichst bekannten, Hrn. Missionär C.H. Hahn bei Neu-Barmen, im Hererolande, and der Westküste von Afrika, im 21˚ südl. Br. gesammelten Amphibien, nebst Beschreibungen der neue Monatsber. Akad. Wiss. Berlin 1862: 15-26 - get paper here
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