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Paralaudakia erythrogaster (NIKOLSKY, 1896)

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Redbelly Rock Agama 
SynonymStellio erythrogaster NIKOLSKY 1896: 370
Stellio erythrogaster var. pallida NIKOLSKY 1897: 319 (non Agama pallida REUSS 1833)
Agama caucasica mucronata GUIBÉ 1957 (fide CLARK et al. 1966)
Agama erythrogaster — WERMUTH 1967: 12
Stellio erythrogaster nurgeldievi TUNIYEV, ATAYEV & SHAMMAKOV 1991 (fide MACEY et al. 1998)
Laudakia erythrogastra — MACEY et al. 2000
Paralaudakia erythrogaster — BAIG et al. 2012: 232
Paralaudakia erythrogastra — KiLADZE & CHERNOVA 2018
Laudakia erythrogaster — ANANJEVA et al. 2020 
DistributionNE Iran, N Afghanistan, SE Turkmenistan, elevation 1000-2440 m.

Type locality: “Iran, Khorasan Province, Fariman“ (neotype locality)

Type locality: “Ferimun in Persia orientali” [Fariman, North Khorasan Province, Iran, 35.71 N 59.85 E] (fide Ananjeva et al. 2020)

mucronata: “Langarak, 60 km east of Mashad, on the route of the Sarakhs.”

nurgeldievi: Turkmenistan; Type locality: “eastern Kopet-Dagh”.

pallida: Type locality: “prope urbem Mesched.” [= Mashhad, Razavi Khorasan Province, Iran, 36.32 N 59.57 E].  
TypesLectotype: ZISP 8760 (designated by RASTEGAR-POUYANI & NILSON 2002)
Holotype: ZISP 8761 [pallida] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (Paralaudakia erythrogaster). Head and body depressed; olivaceous with irregular black spots; scales on the body and tail with strong ridges and spines, even ventral scales may be carinated; several scattered enlarged mucronate scales may constitute a patch on flanks; dorsolateral-fold marked with groups of enlarged spinose scales; tail segment of two; callous glands present [BAIG et al. 2012: 232].
CommentSynonymy partly after SINDACO & JEREMCENKO 2008 and BAIG et al. 2012: 232. The nomen ‘gaster’ is a noun and not flectible. Therefore, the name ‘erythrogaster’ stays as masculine noun also with feminine Laudakia.

Distribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
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