Agama lucyae WAGNER & BAUER, 2011
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Agama lucyae?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Agama lucyae WAGNER & BAUER 2011|
Type locality: ‘‘Wollega’’ [probably Shewa or Kefa province; see comment] today either Oromiya or Southern Nation, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region, Omo River, 58 km NW of Soddo [= Sodo], about 1,300 m elevation (a.s.l.). Coordinates: 7.27085°N, 37.37891°E.
|Types||Holotype: MCZ R-146689, young adult male.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A small Agama lizard (body length of males up to 53.5 mm SVL, females to 58.5 mm SVL), with a short depressed head, smooth head scalation, a large occipital scale, homogeneous body scalation, and strongly keeled but nonor only slightly mucronate dorsal scales. The nasal scale is on the canthus rostralis. Ear hole surrounded by single short conical scales; few tufts of spinose scales behind the ear and on the lateral side of the neck are present, tympanum superficial. Short neck crest present in both sexes. Gular and ventral scales smooth. Tail not arranged in distinct whorls.|
|Comment||Distribution: There is some confusion about the exact location of the type locality. The original collection label shows only ‘‘Wollega’’ [5Welega or Wellega] as the province, whereas the MCZ online register gives both Wollega and Shewa. See WAGNER & BAUER 2011 for mor details.|
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||named after ‘‘Lucy’’ the famous hominid fossil of Australopithecus afarensis Johanson, White, and Coppens, 1978, found in the Hadar area (the northern offshoot of the Rift System) of Ethiopia.|
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