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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Uromastycinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesUromastyx ornata ornata HEYDEN 1827
Uromastyx ornata philbyi PARKER 1938 
Common NamesE: Ornate Mastigure
G: Bunte Dornschwanzagame 
SynonymUromastyx ornatus HEYDEN in RÜPPELL 1827: 1
Uromastix ornatus — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1837: 538
Uromastix ornatus — BOULENGER 1885: 406
Uromastyx ornatus — WERMUTH 1967: 104
Uromastyx ocellatus ornatus ARNOLD 1986
Uromasyx ocellata ornata — WILMS 1995
Uromastyx ornata ornata — WILMS 2001: 96
Uromastyx ocellata ornata — WILMS 2002: 13,18
Uromastyx ornata — WILMS 2002: 21
Uromastyx ornata ornata — TAMAR et al. 2017

Uromastyx ornata philbyi PARKER 1938
Uromastyx philbyi PARKER 1938: 484
Uromastyx philbyi — WERMUTH 1967: 104
Uromastyx ocellata philbyi — JOGER 1987
Uromastyx philbyi — ZARI 1999
Uromastyx ornata philbyi — WILMS 2001: 97
Uromastyx ornata philbyi — WILMS 2007
Uromastyx ornata philbyi — WILMS et al. 2009
Uromastyx ornata philbyi — TAMAR et al. 2017 
DistributionEgypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Yemen

ornatus: E Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia.

philbyi: W Saudi Arabia, NW Yemen; Type locality: between Makkah and Shabwa, southern Hejaz, between Mountains and Rub al Khali, Saudi Arabia.

Type locality: Mohila “an der östlichen Küste des Rothen Meeres” (= Al Muwaylih, Saudi Arabia fide ARNOLD 1986 = Moila, Arabia, fide SCHMIDT & MARX 1956).  
TypesHolotype: SMF 10403, leg. E. RÜPPELL, 1828.
Holotype: BMNH 1946.8.14.65 (former number: BMNH 1938.2.1.1), male, coll. H. ST. J. B. PHILBY, without date [philbyi] 
CommentUromastyx ocellata macfadyeni PARKER 1932 is now treated as a full species (again). Illustrations of newborn U. ornata are in WILMS (2002: 24).

Distribution: listed as questionable/possible for Jordan by DISI et al. 2001. 
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