Xenagama wilmsi WAGNER, MAZUCH & BAUER, 2013
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Xenagama wilmsi?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||G: Wilms’ Biberschwanzagame|
|Synonym||Xenagama wilmsi WAGNER, MAZUCH & BAUER 2013|
Type locality: ca. 42 km SE of Jijiga (Ogaden), Ethiopia at 09°09.353′N, 43°07.96′2E at 1742 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: ZFMK 93255 (Fig. 13), collected by Tomas Mazuch on 18.VII.2011. Paratypes: ZFMK 93256 with the same data as the holotype. ZFMK 73281 from ‘Jeldessa’. AMNH 145459 from ‘Bale, 16 km E Dodola on hwy’. AMNH 145460 from ‘Bale on Arsi Border, 9 km N Dodola, on hwy Wabeshebele River’.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A large Xenagama (SVL of males up to 96.5 mm) with a short plump head, smooth to keeled head scalation and an occipital scale not larger than other head scales. The nasal scale is on the canthus rostralis. Ear hole surrounded in front and above by single short conical scales Tufts of elongated scales around the ear and or on the neck are lacking. Tympanum super- ficial. No neck crest present. Body scalation heterogeneous, with small matrix scales and intermixed keeled enlarged scales. Gular and ventral scales smooth. Tail shorter than the body and head, discoidal part not well developed, narrower than in X. batillifera or X. taylori, but broader than in X. zonura, twice as long as broad, gradually merging into the terminal filament. Discoidal part of the tail arranged in whorls with one scale ring each. Tail filament without distinct whorls.|
|Comment||Similar species: X. batillifera|
|Etymology||Named after Dr. Thomas M. Wilms “in recognition of his important contributions to North African and Arabian reptiles in general and the spiny-tailed agamid genera Uromastyx and Saara in particular”.|