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Laudakia dayana (STOLICZKA, 1871)

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Haridwar agama 
SynonymStellio dayanus STOLICZKA 1871: 194
Barycephalus sykesii GÜNTHER 1860: 150
Agama dayana — BOULENGER 1885: 362
Agama tuberculata — SMITH 1935 (part)
Laudakia dayana — BAIG & BÖHME 1997
Laudakia dayana — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Laudakia dayana — BAIG et al. 2012: 242 
DistributionNW India (Hardwar = Hurdwar; Uttranchal, Ladakh Range = Kashmir), elevation ca. 3000 m.

Type locality: Hurdwar (= Hardwar, fide SMITH 1935)  
TypesLectotype: NMW 23339:26; paralectotypes: BMNH, ZSI 6780, from "Hardwar" (in Uttar Pradesh, northern India). One type of B. sykesii (BMNH 1946. 8.28.16 from Ladakh) belongs to L. dayana, whereas BMNH 1946.8.28.60 (without locality) was identified as L. tuberculata (BAIG et al. 2012). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Head and body depressed; head scales carinated; patch of enlarged, mucronate scales on flanks, similar scattered scales on body; groups of low spinose scales on neck and sides of head; tail segment of four whorls dorsaly becoming three ventraly; callous glands in males, very rarely occurring in females [BAIG et al. 2012]. 
CommentRevived from the synonymy of Laudakia tuberculata (Gray, 1827) by Baig and Böhme (1997). Listed as a synonym of A. tuberculata by WERMUTH 1967: 26 and others. 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Francis Day (1829-1889), an ichthyologist, zoologist, and a Fellow of both the Zoological and the Linnean Society.  
  • Aengals, R.; V.M. Sathish Kumar & Muhamed Jafer Palot 2013. Updated Checklist of Indian Reptiles. Privately published, 24 pp.
  • Baig, Khalid Javed; Philipp Wagner, Natalia B. Ananjeva & Wolfgang Böhme 2012. A morphology-based taxonomic revision of Laudakia Gray, 1845 (Squamata: Agamidae). Vertebrate Zoology 62 (2): 213-260 - get paper here
  • Baig,K.J. & Böhme,W. 1995. Partition of the Stellio-group of Agama. 8th Ord. Gen. Meet. Soc. Europ. Herpet.: 36
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp. - get paper here
  • Stoliczka, F. 1871. Notes on new or little-known Indian lizards. Proc. asiat. Soc. Bengal (Calcutta) 1871: 192-195 - get paper here
  • Venugopal, P.D. 2010. An updated and annotated list of Indian lizards (Reptilia: Sauria) based on a review of distribution records and checklists of Indian reptiles. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2 (3): 725-738. - get paper here
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