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Agama lanzai WAGNER, LEACHÉ, MAZUCH & BÖHME, 2013

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymAgama lanzai WAGNER, LEACHÉ, MAZUCH & BÖHME 2013 

Type locality: Karin (10°58′26.4′′N, 49°12′49.2′′E; 325 m), Bari region, Puntland State, Somalia  
TypesHolotype: CAS 227496, adult male, collected by Ted J. Papenfuss on June 25th 2003. Paratypes. MZUF 6716, adult male and MZUF 6717, juvenile, both from “between Carim (= Karin) and Galgalo”, Somalia, collected by E. Granchi on October 6th 1973. MZUF 23762 adult male from Uadi Goddalola, Somaliland, Somalia collected by G. Scortecci on October 2nd 1953 or 1957. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A moderately large Agama, mor- phologically similar to A. bottegi. It can be identified by the following combination of char- acters: nasal scale round, smooth and tubular; nasal scale not in contact with the first canthus scale but separated by two smaller scales; neck crest short but consists of few distinctly high crest scales; ear hole surrounded by six tufts of spiny scales, with additional two tufts on the neck; vertebral and ventral scales smooth; lateral body scales keeled; dorsal tail scales keeled, ventral tail scales smooth; and males with one uncontinuous row of ten precloacal pores. 
EtymologyNamed after Benedetto Lanza (1924-2016), herpetologist at the University of Florence. See Corti 2013 for biographical notes. 
  • Corti, C. 2013. To Benedetto Lanza, 89 yrs, President of the SEH from 1985 to 1993. Amphibia-Reptilia 34 (3): 295-303 - get paper here
  • ORD, T. J.; D. A. KLOMP, J. GARCIA-PORTA & M. HAGMAN 2015. Repeated evolution of exaggerated dewlaps and other throat morphology in lizards. J. evol. Biol., doi: 10.1111/jeb.12709 - get paper here
  • Wagner, Philipp; Adam Leaché; Tomáš Mazuch; Wolfgang Böhme 2013. Additions to the lizard diversity of the Horn of Africa: Two new species in the Agama spinosa group. Amphibia-Reptilia 34 (3): 363–387 - get paper here
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