Agama picticauda (PETERS, 1877)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Agama picticauda?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Agama picticauda PETERS 1877: 612|
Agama picticauda — LEACHÉ et al. 2014
Agama picticauda — NUÑEZ et al. 2016
Agama picticauda — PAUWELS et al. 2017
|Distribution||Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea (Conakry), Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Ivory Coast.|
Introduced to Cape Verde Islands, Florida (surviving populations), Madeira (single specimens), La Réunion (populations), Madagaskar (single specimen), Komoren (population) (P. Wagner, pers. comm., 4 April 2020)
Introduced to USA (Florida, fide SSAR checklist)
Type locality: “Ada Foah, Accra [Ghana] and Cameruns”
|Reproduction||oviparous; this species was the first lizard in which Temperature‐dependent sex determination (TSD) was discovered, over 50 years ago. Females are produced at relatively cool temperatures and males at warmer temperatures (30°C) (Steele et al. 2018).|
|Types||Syntypes: ZMB 54526 (was 6419 part), 403, 8299, 7209|
|Comment||Synonymy: A. picticauda used to be considered as a synonym of A. agama but some recent authors consider it as valid after Wagner et al. resurrected it. However, it’s validity remains contentious.|
Distribution: All reports of A. agama from Gabon represent actually A. lebretoni (Pauwels et al. 2016) or A. picticauda (Leaché et al. 2016, Pauwels et al. 2017).
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