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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Namib Rock Agama 
SynonymAgama planiceps PETERS 1862: 15
Agama planiceps — BOULENGER 1885: 358
Agama planiceps — BOULENGER 1888
Agama planiceps planiceps — LOVERIDGE 1936: 56
Agama planiceps schacki MERTENS 1938: 433
Agama agama planiceps — MONARD 1951: 131
Agama planiceps planiceps — MERTENS 1955: 57
Agama planiceps schacki — HELLMICH 1957: 47
Agama planiceps — WERMUTH 1967: 20
Agama agama planiceps — LEBRETON 1999
Agama planiceps — KABISCH 2000
Agama planiceps — BARTS & WILMS 2003
Agama schacki — MARQUES et al. 2018
Agama schacki — BUTLER et al. 2019
Agama schacki — BUTLER 2020 
DistributionNamibia (Damaraland, Kaokoveld)

schacki: SW Angola. Type locality: Cubal (900 m. elevation), Province Benguella, Angola.

Type locality: Neu-Barmen, im Hererolande, an der Westküste von Afrika, im 21.° südlicher Breite [= Otjimbingue, Namibia]  
TypesSyntypes: ZMB 4200-1
Syntype. ZISP 1140, 1 specimen, “Otjimbingue” [Otjimbingwe, Erongo region, Namibia]. Received from ZMB in 1868.
Holotype: SMF 25299 (collector W. Schack) [schacki] 
CommentSubspecies: Agama planiceps mwanzae is now considered a separate species, A. mwanzae.

Distribution: see map in Kissling et al. 2016: Fig. 1. Not in Cameroon (P. Wagner, pers. comm.)

A. planiceps exhibits a striking sexual dimorphism: males have bright red head and a dark blue body while females have a head with light spots on dark base color (see back cover of Iguana-Rundschreiben 1/2006). 
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