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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesLaudakia melanura lirata (BLANDORD 1874)
Laudakia melanura melanura BLYTH 1854
Laudakia melanura nasiri BAIG 1999 
Common NamesBlack agama 
SynonymLaudakia (Placoderma) melanura BLYTH 1854: 738
Stellio melanurus — ANDERSON 1871: 189
Laudakia (Plocederma) melanura — ANDERSON 1871: 189 (in error)
Stellio liratus BLANDORD 1874 (fide SMITH 1935)
Agama melanura — BOULENGER 1885: 363
Agama lirata — BOULENGER 1885: 364
Agama melanura HAAS & WERNER 1969
Agama melanura lirata — MERTENS 1969
Agama melanura — SMITH 1935: 218
Agama melanura — ANDERSON 1963: 475
Laudakia melanura — DAS 1996: 44
Laudakia melanura — BARTS & WILMS 2003
Laudakia lirata — KHAN 2004
Laudakia melanura lyrata — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Laudakia melanura lirata — RAJABIZADEH & RASTEGAR-POUYANI 2009
Laudakia melanura lirata — HEIDARI & KAMI 2010
Laudakia melanura lirata — HEIDARI & KAMI et al. 2009
Laudakia melanura lirata — HABEEB 2018

Laudakia melanura melanura (BLYTH 1854)
Laudakia (Placoderma) melanura BLYTH 1854: 738
Laudakia melanura melanura — BAIG et al. 2012: 243

Laudakia melanura nasiri BAIG 1999
Laudakia melanura nasiri — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Laudakia melanura nasiri — BAIG et al. 2012: 244 
DistributionIran, Pakistan, India (NW Punjab)

melanura: Pakistan (Salt Range in N Punjab, Waziristan in NW Frontier province, W Sind and Baluchistan provinces), SE Iran, SE Afghanistan. Type locality: Kashmir (Salt Range, Punjab, fide SMITH 1935)

nasiri: S Pakistan; Toba Kakar Range, Balochistan, Pakistan, elevation 2300-2400 m elevation. Type locality: “Tanishpa, Dist. Killa Saifullah, Toba Kakar Range, Balochistan, Pakistan; 31° 12’ N, 68° 28’ E, elevation 2320 m.” Only known from the type locality [BAIG et al. 2012].

lirata: Pakistan, Iran; Type locality: Gedrosia, Baluchistan (= Saman, Dasht Province, Baluchistan, fide SMITH 1935).  
TypesTypes: unlocated (ANDERSON 1999)
Holotype: ZSI 3410 [lirata]
Holotype: PMNH 735, female, collected by K. J. Baig 1997. [nasiri] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (melanura). Size large; head and body dorsolaterally depressed; nostril on canthus rostralis; spinose scales on the sides of head greatly reduced; vertebral enlarged scales smooth or keeled; no patch of enlarged mucro- nate scales on flanks; tail long; tail segment inconsist- ent, starts with 2 – 3 whorls and gradually changes into 5, sometimes 6 in terminal part; callous glands present in males both at precloacal and abdominal positions [BAIG et al. 2012].

Diagnosis (nasiri): Medium size, head and body greatly de- pressed, vertebral scales enlarged, number of scales rows around midbody more than 150, no patch of spinose scales at the flanks, tail segmented, each segment with 2 to 4 rings. 
CommentSynonymy: mostly after BAIG et al. 2012.

Types: (for L. viridis var. woosnami) 
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