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Laudakia cypriaca (DAAN, 1967)

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Cyprus Rock Agama
G: Zypern-Hardun 
SynonymStellio cyprius FITZINGER 1843: 85 (nomen nudum fide ANDERSON 1898)
Stellio cordylina GÜNTHER 1879: 741 (nomen nudum)
Agama stellio cypriaca DAAN 1967: 127
Laudakia stellio cypriaca — GÖCMEN et al. 2003
Laudakia stellio cypriaca — KABISCH 2008
Stellagama stellio cypriaca — BAIG et al. 2012: 225
Laudakia stellio cypriaca — SCHNEIDER 2020
Laudakia cypriaca — KARAMETA et al. 2022 

Type locality: “Limasol, Cyprus.”  
Reproductionoviparous. Exhibits temperature‐dependent sex determination (TSD) fide Cornejo-Páramo et al. 2020 (and references therein). 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1930.10.5.6 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (cypriaca). Head only slightly depressed with swollen cheeks; vertebral scales heterogeneous, irregular, keeled, larger than other dorsal scales, mid-vertebral scales moderately large and sometimes interrupted by transverse rows of highly enlarged mucronate scales; tail at least one and half times the distance of snout-vent; yellowish vertebral bloches rarely visible; tail segment of two which changes into three in distal half; 3–5 rows of precloacal callous glands and a stripe at the abdomen in males only [BAIG et al. 2012] 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Baig, Khalid Javed; Philipp Wagner, Natalia B. Ananjeva & Wolfgang Böhme 2012. A morphology-based taxonomic revision of Laudakia Gray, 1845 (Squamata: Agamidae). Vertebrate Zoology 62 (2): 213-260 - get paper here
  • Daan, S. 1967. Variation and taxonomy of the hardun Agama stellio (Linnaeus 1758) (Reptilia, Agamidae). Beaufortia 14: 109-134. - get paper here
  • Fitzinger, L. 1843. Systema Reptilium, fasciculus primus, Amblyglossae. Braumüller et Seidel, Wien: 106 pp. - get paper here
  • Göcmen, B.; Tosunoglu, M. & Taskavak, E. 2003. A taxonomic comparison of the Hardun, Laudakia stellio (Reptilia, Agamidae), populations of southern Turkey (Hatay) and Cyprus. Zoology of the Middle East 28: 25-32 - get paper here
  • Kabisch, Klaus 2008. Katzen als Schlangenfeinde. Die Historie des Klosters „Agios Nikolaos ton Gaton“ auf Zypern. Sekretär 8 (2): - get paper here
  • Karameta, Emmanouela; Petros Lymberakis, Heinz Grillitsch, Çetin Ilgaz, Aziz Avci, Yusuf Kumlutaş, Kamil Candan, Philipp Wagner, Spyros Sfenthourakis, Panayiotis Pafilis, Nikos Poulakakis 2022. The story of a rock-star: multilocus phylogeny and species delimitation in the starred or roughtail rock agama, Laudakia stellio (Reptilia: Agamidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 195 (1): 195–219 - get paper here
  • Schneider, R. 2020. Fünffingerberg, Wirtelschwanzagamen und Meeresschildkröten - ein Streifzug durch die Herpetofauna von Nordzypern. Elaphe 2020 (4): 54-61
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