Laudakia nuristanica (ANDERSON & LEVITON, 1969)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Laudakia nuristanica?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Leviton's Rock Agama|
|Synonym||Agama nuristanica ANDERSON & LEVITON 1969: 39|
Stellio nuristanicus — ANANJEVA et al. 1990: 113
Laudakia nuristanica — ANANJEVA & TUNIEV 1994: 43
Laudakia nuristanica — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Laudakia nuristanica — BAIG et al. 2012: 246
Laudakia nuristanica — JABLONSKI et al. 2021
|Distribution||E Afghanistan (Nuristan, Kunar, Panjshir, Parwan, Takhar), NW Pakistan (Chitral Valley)|
Type locality: Kamdesh, eastern Afghanistan, 1342 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: FMNH 161136, paratype: CAS 115939; other specimens: ZFMK, PMNH, UOCH (see list in Jablosnki et al. 2021); specimens reported from UF are actually Paralaudakia caucasia (P. Uetz & D. Jablonski, pers. comm.)|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Head and body depressed; tail longer than head and body;|
segmentation into whorls composed of four regular annuli barely distinct; about 45 scales around thickest part of tail; tympanum large, superficial; largest scales of back not arranged in regular rows and somewhat heterogeneous in size, a few about twice as large as largest ventral scales, strongly keeled, dorsolateral surfaces covered by minute granules (much smaller than found either in A. agrorensis or A. tuberculata flanks with scattered enlarged scales, not grouped in patches, small scales granular; limbs above covered with strongly hetero geneous scales, numerous greatly enlarged scales among much smaller ones, the smaller almost granular; large scales neither grouped in patches nor imbricate, but strongly spinose (Anderson & Leviton 1969: 40).
Diagnosis. This form is very close to L. tuberculata and may be distinguished by having a higher number of scales around the body and tail, indistinct tail segment, and a unique type of scattered, enlarged conical, spinose scales over the limbs and body [BAIG et al. 2012].
|Comment||Abundance: rare; Only known from 17 specimens in five museum collections.|
|Etymology||Named after the type locality in Nuristan Province.|