Uromastyx yemenensis WILMS & SCHMITZ, 2007
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|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Uromastycinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: South Arabian Spiny-tailed Lizard|
G: Südarabische Dornschwanzagame
|Synonym||Uromastyx yemenensis WILMS & SCHMITZ 2007|
Uromastyx ocellata benti – SCHÄTTI & GASPARETTI 1994
Uromastyx ocellata – SCHÄTTI & DESVOIGNES 1999
Uromastyx yemenensis — WILMS et al. 2009
Uromastyx yemenensis — TAMAR et al. 2017
|Distribution||SW Arabia, SW Yemen|
Type locality: Abyan Governate, vicinity of Lodar (Lawdar), Republic of Yemen.
|Types||Holotype: ZFMK 47861, adult male, leg. I. Haikal, don. 1985 (yemenensis)|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Uromastyx yemenensis sp. nov. is a medium-sized member of the U. ocellata group, which is distinguished from the more primitive U. asmussi, U. loricata and U. hardwickii by the absence of intercalary scales between the whorls of the dorsal surface of its tail; from U. thomasi and U. princeps by the longer tail and from all other species of the genus (with the exception of U. ocellata, U. ornata, U. benti and U. macfadyeni) by the arrangement of the whorls of the tail. In U. yemenensis as well as in the four above mentioned species the last 8–21 whorls each consists of a simple continuous series of large scales, while in all other Uromastyx species only the last 2–5 whorls are like this. The new species differs from U. ocellata, U. ornata and U. macfadyeni in lacking femoral- and preanal pores. Uromastyx yemenensis differs from its sister species U. benti in having smaller and more scales around midbody (192.53 +/-16.63 in U. yemenensis vs. 160.05 +/- 8.98 in U. benti) and smaller and more ventrals (87.61 +/-5.66 in U. yemenensis vs. 74 +/-4.02 in U. benti).|
|Comment||Uromastyx yemenensis shobraki WILMS & SCHMITZ 2007 has been elevated to full species status.|
|Etymology||U. yemenensis has been named after its distribution.|
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