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Agama parafricana TRAPE, MEDIANNIKOV & TRAPE, 2012

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymAgama parafricana TRAPE, MEDIANNIKOV & TRAPE 2012 in MEDIANNIKOV et al. 2012 
DistributionTogo, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria

Type locality: Asrama forest* (07°00’ N 01°23’ E), Togo  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 2010.0630 (GenBank: JF520734), previously IRD TR.3130, an adult male collected on 1 March 2010, by J.-F. Trape (Fig. 26). Paratypes. MNHN-RA 2010.0631 (GenBank: JF520728), previously IRD TR.3200, a gravid female collected on 4 March 2010 at Bassila (09°01’N 01°39’ E), Benin, by J.-F. Trape (Fig. 28a, b); IRSNB 2662 (GenBank: JF520729), previously IRD TR.3248, an adult female collected on 7 March 2010 at Guiguisso (09°03’ N 01°40’ E), Benin, by a villager (Fig. 28c) IRSNB 2663 (GenBank: JF520730), previously; IRD TR.3249, a gravid female collected on 7 March 2010 at Guiguisso by a villager (Fig. 28d ); IRD TR.3311 (GenBank: JF520731), a male collected on 7 March 2010 at Guiguisso by a villager; IRD TR.3316, a female collected on 7 March 2010 at Guiguisso by a villager 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. The genetic results and the following characters: a species resembling A. agama, A. paragama, and A. africana but characterized by a much smaller snout-vent length of adult males (82 – 101 mm instead of 115 – 140 mm), a low vertebral count (29 – 34 instead of 40 – 56 in sympatric specimens of A. agama),and strongly carinated and mucronate dorsal scales (feebly arinated and mucronate scales in sympatric specimens of A. agama). 
EtymologyThe name of the new species refers to its close relationship to A. africana. 
  • Mediannikov, Oleg; Sébastien Trape, Jean-François Trape 2012. A Molecular Study of the Genus Agama (Squamata: Agamidae) in West Africa, with Description of Two New Species and a Review of the Taxonomy, Geographic Distribution, and Ecology of Currently Recognized Species. Russ. J. Herpetol. 19 (2): 115-142 - get paper here
  • Nneji, Lotanna M.; Adeniyi C. Adeola, Fang Yan, Agboola O. Okeyoyin, Ojo C. Oladipo, Temidayo E. Olagunju, Olatunde Omotoso, Segun O. Oladipo, Oluyinka A. Iyiola, Timothy Auta, Abbas D. Usman, Halima Abdullahi, Min-Sheng Peng, Jie-Qiong Jin, Robert W 2018. Cryptic Lineages of Nigerian Agama (Squamata: Agamidae) within the West African Radiation. Russ. J. Herpetol. 25 (2): 97-112 - get paper here
  • Nneji, Lotanna Micah; Adeniyi Charles Adeola, , Agboola Okeyoyin, Ojo Cornelius Oladipo, Yohanna Saidu, Dinatu Samuel, John Yinamga Usongo, Babatunde Emmanuel Adedeji, Olatunde Omotoso, Akindele OluwatosinAdeyi, ObihAlexUgwumba,andAdiahaAldaAlexUgwum 2019. Diversity and distribution of amphibians and reptiles in Gashaka Gumti National Park, Nigeria. Herpetology Notes 12: 543-559 - get paper here
  • Segniagbeto, Gabriel Hoinsoude; Jean-François Trape, Komlan M. Afiademanyo, Mark-Oliver Rödel, Annemarie Ohler, Alain Dubois, Patrick David, Danny Meirte, Isabelle Adolé Glitho, Fabio Petrozzi, and Luca Luiselli 2015. Checklist of the lizards of Togo (West Africa), with comments on systematics, distribution, ecology, and conservation. Zoosystema 37 (2): 381-402 - get paper here
  • Trape, J.F.; Trape, S. & Chirio, L. 2012. Lézards, crocodiles et tortues d'Afrique occidentale et du Sahara. IRD Orstom, 503 pp. - get paper here
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