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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesE: Himalayan Agama
G: Himalaya-Agame
Chinese: 喜山岩蜥 
SynonymStellio himalayanus STEINDACHNER 1867: 22
Agama himalayana BOULENGER 1885: 362
Agama himalayana — SMITH 1935: 213
Stellio bochariensis NIKOLSKY 1897
Laudakia himalayana — MACEY et al. 2000
Laudakia himalayana — SZCZERBAK 2003
Paralaudakia (himalayana) himalayana — BAIG et al. 2012: 234
Paralaudakia himalayana bochariensis — DAVLETBAKOV et al. 2016 
DistributionNE Afghanistan, N Pakistan (KHAN 2002), N India (Jammu and Kashmir), Nepal, China (Xinjiang, Tibet), Turkmenistan, W Tajikistan ?

Distribution fide BAIG et al. 2012: Southern Pamir, Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan, mountain ranges of Karakoram, Ladakh and Himalaya up to Tibet; elevation 1000 – 3500 m.

bochariensis: Kyrgyzstan

Type locality: Lei [= Leh] and Kargill, Ladakh-Province, Kashmir.  
TypesSyntypes: NMW 16752:1-12, 16753:1-2 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (as Paralaudakia). Head and body moderately depressed; tail longer, two or less than two times that of SVL; no patch of strongly mucronate scales on flanks; groups of low spinose scales on neck and sides of head; indis- tinct tail segment of three whorls; callous glands only in males [BAIG et al. 2012]. 
CommentSynonymy partly after KHALIKOV & ANANJEVA (pers. comm.). Laudakia himalayana badakhshana (ANDERSON & LEVITON 1969) has been elevated to species status. Distribution not fixed accordingly.

Distribution: Records from SE Turkmenistan, eastward W Kyrgyzstan, and E Uzbekistan are usually L. bokhariensis. Not in India, despite the fact that the type locality has been considered as Indian territory. 
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