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Agama hulbertorum WAGNER, 2014

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Ngong Agama 
SynonymAgama hulbertorum WAGNER 2014
Agama hulbertorum — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 228 
DistributionSC Kenya

Type locality: Elangata Wuas, 26 km bearing 266 (true North) from Kajiado, (1°52’18.7’’ S, 36°33’46.6’’ E), ca 1,300 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: CAS 198880, adult male, collected by M. Cheptumo, P. Matolo & J.V. Vindum on 3.VI.1995. This holotype and name were registered at Zoobank under LISD FA8C667B- C1C4-44B2-8083-F245230C3566. Paratypes: CAS 198908–914, all from Elangata Wuas, 20.8 km bearing 248 (true North) from Kajiado (1°55’38.6’’ S, 36°37’22.0’’ E), collected by M. Cheptumo, P. Matolo & J.V. Vindum on 30.V.1995. CAS 198995–199008, all from Elangata Wuas, Base Camp Sinya Omelok, 20.4 km bearing 247 (true North) from Kajiado (1°55’45.9’’ S, 36°37’41.1’’ E), collected by M. Cheptumo, P. Matolo & J.V. Vindum on 28.V.1995. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small Agama of the A. lionotus complex. It can be identified by the following combination of characters: nasal scale pear-shaped, keeled and tubular; nasal scale in contact with the first canthus scale; nuchal crest minute, consisting of few, indistinctly raised scales; ear opening surrounded by five tufts of spiny scales, with two addition- al tufts on the neck; vertebral scales feebly keeled, dorsal and lateral scales keeled, ventral and gular scales smooth; dorsal and lateral caudal scales keeled, ventral caudal scales smooth; and males with one discontinuous row of precloa- cal pores. Males in nuptial colouration exhibit a red throat, without any pattern, a vertebral stripe, and a narrowly an- nulated blue and white colour pattern on the tail.
CommentHabitat: A rupicolous lizard with individuals inhabiting rocky outcrops or solitary larger stones and rocks in an arid landscape with Acacia shrub vegetation.

Behavior: It is diurnal and lives in harem groups of one dominant male and sev- eral females and juveniles (A. Burmann, pers. com. 2006, cited in Wagner 2014). 
EtymologyThis species is named in honour of Andrea and Felix Hulbert, in recognition of their contributions to the captive breeding of African reptiles and, of course, our glorious friendship. 
  • Kwet, Axel 2015. Liste der im Jahr 2014 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Terraria-Elaphe 2015 (3): 50-64 - 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
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