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Laudakia pakistanica (BAIG, 1989)

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesLaudakia pakistanica khani BAIG & BÖHME 1996
Laudakia pakistanica auffenbergi BAIG & BÖHME 1996
Laudakia pakistanica pakistanica BAIG 1989 
Common NamesPakistani agama 
SynonymAgama pakistanica BAIG 1989
Laudakia pakistanica — DAS 1996: 44
Laudakia pakistanica — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008

Laudakia pakistanica auffenbergi BAIG & BÖHME, 1996
Laudakia pakistanica auffenbergi — KHAN 2004
Laudakia pakistanica auffenbergi — BAIG et al. 2012: 247

Laudakia pakistanica khani BAIG & BÖHME, 1996
Laudakia pakistanica khani — KHAN 2004
Laudakia pakistanica khani — BAIG et al. 2012: 248 
DistributionIndia (NW Indian Himalayas), N Pakistan

khani: Pakistan (Chilas, Federal Administered Northern Areas); Type locality: Hadar (Chilas), Federal Administered Northern Area, Pakistan, 32° 25’ N, 74° E, elevation 945 m.

auffenbergi: Pakistan (Mansehra Besham and Kohistan districts, Northwestern Frontier Province); Type locality: Besham, Distr. Swat, Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan, 35° 55’ N, 72° 55’ E, 700 m elevation.

pakistanica: Pakistan; Type locality: “Jaglotgah (Gilgit; FANA) 36°20'N, 74°S0'E, elevation 2,100 m”  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: PMNH 0134, a male, collected on August 6, 1986; Paratypes: ZFMK
Holotype: ZFMK 54469, male [khani]
Holotype: ZFMK 54471, male [auffenbergi] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: This species is most closely related to A. agrorensis and A. melanura.
The jet black colour, number of labials, body and callose scalation suggest that it is neither agrorensis nor melanura or any other species of Agama. [from BAIG 1989].

Diagnosis (auffenbergi). This form is very close to the nominate form in certain characteristics but quite distinguished by being dull dark brown to grey in colour with white transverse bands across the body and having a fewer number of scales around the body [BAIG et al. 2012].

Diagnosis (khani). This form is very close to the nominate form but having fewer scales around the body and a more mosaic-like in colouration [BAIG et al. 2012].

Diagnosis (pakistanica). It is very closely related to L. agrorensis. The jet black colour, larger size (SVL), number of la- bials, flat head scales, and other body and callous sca- lation distinguish it from L. agrorensis [BAIG et al. 2012]. 
Comment 
Etymologynamed after the type locality.The two subspecies have been named after herpetologists M.S. Khan (Pakistan) and Walter Auffenberg (USA). 
References
  • Ananjeva, N.B. & Tuniev 1994. Some aspects of historical biogeography of Asian rock agamids. Russ. J. Herpetol. 1 (1): 43 - get paper here
  • Baig K J 1989. A new species of Agama (Sauria: Agamidae) from northern Pakistan. BULLETIN OF THE KITAKYUSHU MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY (No. 9) 1989: 117-122
  • Baig, K. J. & W. BÖHME 1996. Description of two new subspecies of Laudakia pakistanica (Sauria: Agamidae). Russ. J. Herpetol. 3 (1): 1-10. - get paper here
  • 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
  • FICETOLA, Gentile Francesco; Angelica CROTTINI,, Maurizio CASIRAGHI and Emilio PADOA-SCHIOPPA 2010. New data on amphibians and reptiles of the Northern Areas of Pakistan: distribution, genetic variability and conservation issues. North-Western Journal of Zoology 6 (1): 1-12
  • Khan, B. 2012. An Introduction to Biodiversity of Gilgit-Baltistan. Wildlife of Pakistan 1 (1): 18-20
  • Khan, B.; Ahmed, W.; Ablimit, A.; Fakhri, S.; Ali, H. 2012. Range extension of four highland agamid lizards in Shimshal Pamir, Pakistan. J. Arid Land 4 (1): 77-84
  • Khan, Muhamad Sharif 2004. Annotated checklist of Amphibians and Reptiles of Pakistan. Asiatic Herpetological Research 10: 191-201 - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
 
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