Laudakia nupta (DE FILIPPI, 1843)
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|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Agaminae), Sauria (lizards)|
|Subspecies||Laudakia nupta fusca (BLANFORD 1876)|
Laudakia nupta nupta (DE FILIPI 1843)
|Common Names||nupta: Large-scaled (Rock) Agama|
fusca: Yellow-headed Rock Agama
|Synonym||Agama nupta DE FILIPI 1843: 407|
Stellio nuptus — BLANFORD 1876: 317
Stellio carinatus DUMÉRIL 1851 (fide SMITH 1935)
Agama nupta — BOULENGER 1885: 365
? Agama flavicauda WERNER 1897: 264 (fide WERMUTH 1967)
? Agama flavicauda — LOVERIDGE 1920: 141
Agama nupta — SMITH 1935: 219
Agama caucasica SCHMIDT 1939
Agama nupta nupta — MINTON 1966: 475
Agama nupta nupta — WERMUTH 1967: 20
Laudakia nupta — FRYNTA et al. 1997
Laudakia nupta — BARTS & WILMS 2003
Laudakia nupta nupta — BAIG et al. 2012: 245
Laudakia nupta fusca (BLANFORD 1876)
Stellio nuptus var. fuscus BLANFORD 1876: 319
Agama nupta var. fusca — BOULENGER 1885: 366
Agama nupta fusca — MINTON 1966: 92
Agama nupta fusca — WERMUTH 1967: 20
Laudakia fusca — CHEATSAZAN et al. 2008
Laudakia nupta fusca — BAIG et al. 2012
|Distribution||nupta: E Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan; Type locality: Persepolis [Fars province, Iran].|
fusca: S Pakistan, S Iran; Type locality: Kalagán (elevation 3500 feet) and near Jálk (3000 feet), Baluchistan. BAIG et al. 2012 gave “Iran, Sistan-Baluchistan Province near Jalk (3000 f)” as type locality. Map legend:
- 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.
|Types||Type: MSNTO R322 (Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Torino); ZSI 6798 (syntype).|
Lectotype: BMNH 220.127.116.11 (designated by RASTEGAR-POUYANI & NILSON 2002)
|Comment||Synonymy mostly after WERMUTH 1967. BAIG (1992) considers L. fusca as a synonym of L. nupta, Agama nupta fusca has been elevated to full species status by CHEATSAZAN et al. 2008, but was relegated to subspecies status by BAIG et al. 2012. SMITH (1935) did not find any significant difference between L. n. nupta, L. n. fusca and Stellio carinatus and thus placed all three together under L. nupta.|
Diagnosis (fusca). Size large; head heavy; nostril on canthus rostralis; body moderately depressed; absence of a nuchal fold across the neck; vertebral enlarged scales strongly mucronate and cover most of dorsal part of body; no patch of enlarged mucronate scales on flanks; tail long and has segments of three whorls; callous glands present mostly in males [BAIG et al. 2012].
Diagnosis (nupta). Size large; head heavy; nostril on can- thus rostralis; body moderately depressed; yellowish or reddish brown; vertebral enlarged scales strongly keeled and cover most of dorsal part of body; no patch of enlarged mucronate scales on flanks; tail long and has segments of three whorls; callous glands present mostly in males [BAIG et al. 2012].