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Saara asmussi (STRAUCH, 1863)

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Uromastycinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesE: Iranian Mastigure
G: Iranische Dornschwanzagame 
SynonymCentrotrachelus asmussi STRAUCH 1863
Uromastix asmussii — BOULENGER 1885: 409
Uromastix asmussi — ALCOCK & FINN 1896: 557
Uromastix asmussi — SMITH 1935: 247
Uromastyx asmussi — WERMUTH 1967: 102
Uromastyx cf. asmussi — NILSON & ANDREN 1981: 136
Uromastyx asmussi — DAS 1996: 45
Uromastyx asmussi — WILMS 2002: 18
Saara asmussi — WILMS et al. 2009
Uromastyx asmussi — ŠMÍD et al. 2014 
DistributionS Iran (Kavir desert, Isfahan, Khorasan, Kerman, Baluchistan-Sistan), Afghanistan, Pakistan (Baluchistan)

Type locality: Sar-i-tschah, Iran (fide WERMUTH 1967)  
TypesHolotype: ZISP 3029 (Zoological Museum, Academy of Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg),male, Seri-Tschah (Eastern Persia), coll. Keyzerling, 1858–1859. 
Distribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
EtymologyThe genus is named after Greek “centron” = thorn, sting, and “trachelos” = neck. The species is named after Dr. Hermann Asmuss, a former teacher of Strauch and professor of zoology at the University of Dorpat. 
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  • Damadi, Ehsan; Rasoul Karamiani; Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani; Ali Gholamifard 2017. A checklist of lizards from southeastern part of the Sistan and Baluchestan Province in southeastern Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics, DOI: 10.22067/ijab.v13i1.50398 - get paper here
  • Fakhri, Syed Shamim 2012. NEW DISTRIBUTION RANGE OF SEISTAN SPINY-TAIL GROUND LIZARD (Uromastyx asmussi) IN PAKISTAN. Wildlife of Pakistan 1 (1): 43
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