Phrynocephalus ananjevae MELNIKOV, MELNIKOVA, NAZAROV & RAJABIZADEH, 2013
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Phrynocephalus ananjevae?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Phrynocephalus ananjevae MELNIKOV, MELNIKOVA, NAZAROV & RAJABIZADEH 2013|
|Distribution||S Iran (Zagros mountains)|
Type locality: Qahferokh (approximately 32°16?N, 50°58?E, now vicinity of Farokhshahr), Zagros mountains, southern Iran.
|Types||Holotype: ZISP 10256.1 (Fig. 5), adult male collected by Nikolai Zarudny on 14.04.1904.|
Paratypes. Two adult females, without heads, ZISP 10256.2 – 3, two subadult males 10256.4 and ZISP 10257 (Fig. 6 a), with the same data as Holotype: And three specimens from the reptile collection of In- ternational Center for Science, High Technology and Environmental Sciences Zoological Museum (ICSTZM) in Kerman, Iran – ICSTZM6H1207-08 and ICSTZM6H1211 from Abadeh, Bahman region (in the road to Tange Firuz), Fars province.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Medium sized Phrynocephalus with enlarged thorny scales on the dorsal side of the body, forming distinguishable crest on the neck; with short tail, shorter or equal to the body, in males slightly longer and short extremities; with scales on the extremities not keeled; wi- thout jet-black tail tip; with longi- tudinal row of enlarged scales along the vertebra; with large distance bet- ween nostrils (up to 5 scales in one row); nostrils directed forward, sup- ra- and infanasals same size as surrounding scales; with 13 supralabials.|
|Comment||Distribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran.|
|Etymology||Species is named in honor of Natalia Ananjeva, Zoological Institute, St. Petersburg (Russia) in recognition of her contribution to herpetological research of Agamidae and Phrynocephalus in particular. She helps a lot to all of the coauthors in their zoological carreers. Especially she helped the first author, to whom she proposed in 2005 to resolve the problem with persicus-horváthi complex, and that was a start point for his agamid studies.|