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Agama turuensis LOVERIDGE, 1932

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesG: Ostafrikanische Siedleragame 
SynonymAgama agama turuensis LOVERIDGE 1932: 376
Agama planiceps turuensis — LOVERIDGE 1936
Agama turuensis — WERMUTH 1967
Agama turuensis — WAGNER et al. 2008
Agama turuensis — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 230 
DistributionTanzania (probably from the Kenyan Nguruman Escarpment through the Ngorongoro area to mountains in the Dodoma area in Tanzania).

Type locality: Unyanganyi, east of Singida, Tanzania  
TypesHolotype: MCZ R-30686 
CommentAgama turuensis is a medium-sized agama resembling species like A. lionotus or A. mwanzae (and which used to be synonymized with Agama lionotus elgonis). It is characterized by the unique blue to brownish colouration of breeding males in addition to the remarkable throat pattern whereas the females and non-dominant males retain a characteristic juvenile pattern, like many taxa of the genus Agama. 
  • Loveridge, A. 1932. New reptiles and amphibians from Tanganyika Territory and Kenya Colony. Bull. Mus. comp. Zool. Harvard 72: 375-387 - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
  • Wagner, P. 2008. Neues von afrikanischen Agamen. Iguana Rundschreiben 21 (1): 13
  • Wagner, P. 2014. A new cryptic species of the Agama lionotus complex from south of the Ngong Hills in Kenya. Salamandra 50 (4): 187-200 - get paper here
  • Wagner, P.; Krause, P. & Böhme, W. 2008. Studies on African Agama III. Resurrection of Agama agama turuensis Loveridge, 1932 (Squamata: Agamidae) from synonymy and elevation to species rank. Salamandra 44 (1): 35-42 - get paper here
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