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Psammophilus dorsalis (GRAY, 1831)

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesSouth Indian Rock Agama, Peninsular Rock Agama 
SynonymAgama dorsalis GRAY in GRIFFITH & PIDGEON 1831: 56
Agama dorsalis — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1837: 486
Charasia dorsalis — GRAY 1845
Charasia dorsalis — ANDERSON 1871: 151
Charasia dorsalis — BOULENGER 1885: 332
Psammophilus dorsalis — SMITH 1935: 309
Psammophilus dorsalis — WERMUTH 1967: 95
Psammophilus dorsalis — DAS 1996: 45
Psammophilus dorsalis — MURTHY 2010 
DistributionS India (Malabar, Mysore, Nilgiris, S Arcot, Nallamali Hills, Bihar, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu)

Type locality: India.  
CommentType species: Agama dorsalis GRAY in GRIFFITH & PIDGEON 1831 is the type species of the genus Psammophilus FITZINGER 1843: 17. 
EtymologyNone provided but probably from Latin “Psammo” meaning sand and “Philus” meaning loving. 
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