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Agama caudospinosa MEEK, 1910

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesAgama caudospinosa caudospinosa MEEK 1910
Agama caudospinosa spawlsi WAGNER 2010 
Common NamesE: Elmenteita Rock Agama 
SynonymAgama caudospinosa MEEK 1910: 407
Agama agama caudospina — LOVERIDGE 1929: 57 (in error)
Agama agama kaimosae LOVERIDGE 1935: 56
Agama planiceps caudospinosa — LOVERIDGE 1936: 56
Agama planiceps caudospinosa — KLUGE 1984
Agama caudospina — SPAWLS & ROTICH 1997
Agama caudospina [sic] — SPAWLS et al. 2001
Agama caudospinosa — BARTS & WILMS 2003
Agama caudospinosa — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 233

Agama caudospinosa spawlsi WAGNER 2010
Agama caudospinosa spawlsi — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 233 

Type locality: Lake Elmenteita, Kenya.

spawlsi: Kenya (Mount Kenya); Type locality: Nkunga (00°06’73N, 37°35’77E), north of Meru  
TypesHolotype: FMNH 2312
Holotype: ZFMK 83666, adult male, leg. A. Burmann, 01.IV.2005. Paratypes. ZFMK 83664, subadult from Nkunga, north of Meru, leg. A. Burmann, 01.IV.2005. ZFMK 83665, juvenile from Nkunga, north of Meru, leg. A. Burmann, 01.IV.2005. ZFMK 83667, adult male from Kiamatongu (00°19’02S, 36°54’04E), leg. A. Burmann, 04.IV.2005. ZFMK 83661-663, subadult males and juvenile from Naru Moru (00°11’92S, 37°04’76E), leg. A. Burmann, 28.III.2005 [spawlsi]
Holotype: MCZ [kaimosae] 
EtymologyNamed after the spiny tail (Latin “cauda”); the subspecies spawlsi has been dedicated to Stephen Spawls, Norwich (England) in recognition of his important contributions over many decades to the herpetology of East Africa. 
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  • Cimatti, E. 2005. Scaly encounters in Kenya. Reptilia (GB) (42): 65-69 - get paper here
  • Kluge, Arnold G. 1984. Type-specimens of reptiles in the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology. [type catalogue] Miscellaneous publications, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan (167): 1-85 - get paper here
  • LEACHÉ, Adam D.; Rebecca A. CHONG, Theodore J. PAPENFUSS, Philipp WAGNER, Wolfgang BÖHME, Andreas SCHMITZ, Mark-Oliver RÖDEL, Matthew LEBRETON, Ivan INEICH, Laurent CHIRIO, Aaron BAUER, Edem A. ENIANG, & Sherif BAHA EL DIN 2009. Phylogeny of the genus Agama based on mitochondrial DNA sequence data. Bonner zoologische Beiträge 56 (4): 273–278 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1935. Scientific results of an expedition to rain forest regions in Eastern Africa. I. New reptiles and amphibians from East Africa. Bull. Mus. comp. Zool. Harvard 79: 1- 19. - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1936. African reptiles and amphibians in the Field Museum of Natural History. Zool. Ser. Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Chicago, 22 (1): 1-122 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, Arthur 1929. East African reptiles and amphibians in the United States National Museum. Bull. US Natl. Mus. (151): 1-135 - get paper here
  • Meek, Seth Eugene;Cory, Charles B. 1910. Batrachians and reptiles from British East Africa. Publication of the Field Museum of Natural history 7 (11): 403-414 - get paper here
  • Spawls, S. & Rotich, D. 1997. An annotated checklist of the lizards of Kenya. J. East African Nat. Hist. 86: 61-83
  • Spawls, S.; Howell, K.; Drewes, R.C. & Ashe, J. 2002. A field guide to the reptiles of East Africa. Academic Press, 543 pp. [reviews in HR 34: 396 and Afr. J. Herp. 51; 147] - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
  • Wagner, P. 2014. A new cryptic species of the Agama lionotus complex from south of the Ngong Hills in Kenya. Salamandra 50 (4): 187-200 - get paper here
  • Wagner, P., A. Burmann & W. Böhme 2008. Studies on African Agama II - Resurrection of Agama agama kaimosae Loveridge, 1935 (Squamata: Agamidae) from synonymy and its elevation to species rank. Russ. J. Herpetol. 15 (1): 1-7 - get paper here
  • WAGNER, PHILIPP 2010. Studies on African Agama VIII. A new subspecies of Agama caudospinosa Meek, 1910 (Sauria: Agamidae). Zootaxa 2715: 36–4 - get paper here
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