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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesAgama rueppelli rueppelli VAILLANT in REVOIL 1882
Agama rueppelli occidentalis PARKER 1932
Agama rueppelli septentrionalis PARKER 1932 
Common NamesE: Rüppell’s Agama 
SynonymAgama ruppelli VAILLANT in REVOIL 1882: 6 (in error)
Agama vaillanti BOULENGER 1895: 12 (fide LOVERIDGE 1932)
Agama rueppelli — BOULENGER 1885: 355 (nom. emend.)
Agama Rueppellii — BOULENGER 1897: 130
Agama vaillanti — LÖNNBERG 1911
Agama rueppelli — WERNER 1913: 9
Agama vaillanti — LOVERIDGE 1920: 142
Agama vaillanti — SCORTECCI 1931: 141
Agama rueppelli — PARKER 1932: 352
Agama rueppelli — WERMUTH 1967: 22
Agama rueppelli — LANZA 1990
Agama rueppelli — WAGNER & BAUER 2011
Agama ruppelli — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 235

Agama rueppelli occidentalis PARKER 1932
Agama rueppelli occidentalis — PARKER 1936: 604
Agama rueppelli occidentalis — DREWES 1972

Agama rueppelli septentrionalis PARKER 1932
Agama ruppelli septentrionalis — LOVERIDGE 1957: 193
Agama rueppelli septentrionalis — WERMUTH 1967: 23 
DistributionSomalia, E Ethiopia, Kenya, Republic of South Sudan (RSS)

occidentalis: “South-Abessinia [= Ethiopia] through N Kenya”. Type locality: mouth of the Kaliokwell River, Lake Rudolf, Kenya Colony.

septentrionalis: E Kenya. Type locality: Mount Njero (Njiro), Madago’s Village, Voi and Mbunji, Kenya Colony. Paratypes: MCZ

vaillanti: Somalia; Type locality: “Ogaden and between Laffarug and Aberio, Somaliland”.

Type locality: Bender-Meraya, Pays Comalis [= Somalia]  
TypesSyntypes. MNHN-RA 5897; BMNH 1946.8.24.50, MSNG 28965
Lectotype: MSNG 28850, adult male, from ‘‘Ogaden,’’ Ethiopia [vaillanti]
Syntypes: FMNH 73366, MCZ, USNM 66901, CAS [septentrionalis]
Syntypes: BMNH, USNM 66927, 49059 [occidentalis] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A medium-sized Agama with a maximum total length of 280 mm. Males (58–88 mm SVL) smaller than females (76– 88 mm SVL). Body depressed, hind limbs long. Tail more than 65% of total length, very broad at its base, tapering sharply. Gular pouch absent. Head convex, with the upper surface of the snout flat. Head scales smooth, equal to ventral scales, with the occipital scales variable in size (equal to other head scales to slightly enlarged). Nostril directed posterodorsally, completely visible from above, pierced in the posterior part of a large nasal scale, situated above the canthus rostralis. Usually with one to two scales between nasal and first supraciliary scales. Supraciliary scales smooth. Nuchal and dorsal crest absent. Ear opening only half the size of the eye, surrounded by tufts of spinose scales hiding the tympanum. Body scales large, homogeneous, keeled, mucronate, and erect, in 54–64 scale rows around midbody. Vertebral scales 59–66. Gular and ventral scales smooth, ventrals smaller than dorsal scales. Lamellae 14–16 under the fourth toe, third and fifth toes nearly equal in length. Males with one row of 9–13 precloacal pores. 
EtymologyNamed after Eduard Rüppell (1794-1884), German herpetologist. 
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