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Phrynocephalus ananjevae MELNIKOV, MELNIKOVA, NAZAROV & RAJABIZADEH, 2013

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymPhrynocephalus ananjevae MELNIKOV, MELNIKOVA, NAZAROV & RAJABIZADEH 2013
Phrynocephalus ananjevae — ANANJEVA et al. 2020 
DistributionS Iran (Zagros mountains)

Type locality: Qahferokh (approximately 32°16?N, 50°58?E, now vicinity of Farokhshahr), Zagros mountains, southern Iran.  
TypesHolotype: ZISP 10256.1 (Fig. 5), adult male collected by Nikolai Zarudny on 14.04.1904. Paratypes. Two adult females, without heads, ZISP 10256.2 – 3, two subadult males 10256.4 and ZISP 10257 (Fig. 6 a), with the same data as Holotype: And three specimens from the reptile collection of In- ternational Center for Science, High Technology and Environmental Sciences Zoological Museum (ICSTZM) in Kerman, Iran – ICSTZM6H1207-08 and ICSTZM6H1211 from Abadeh, Bahman region (in the road to Tange Firuz), Fars province. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Medium sized Phrynocephalus with enlarged thorny scales on the dorsal side of the body, forming distinguishable crest on the neck; with short tail, shorter or equal to the body, in males slightly longer and short extremities; with scales on the extremities not keeled; wi- thout jet-black tail tip; with longi- tudinal row of enlarged scales along the vertebra; with large distance bet- ween nostrils (up to 5 scales in one row); nostrils directed forward, sup- ra- and infanasals same size as surrounding scales; with 13 supralabials.
CommentDistribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
EtymologySpecies is named in honor of Natalia Ananjeva, Zoological Institute, St. Petersburg (Russia) in recognition of her contribution to herpetological research of Agamidae and Phrynocephalus in particular. She helps a lot to all of the coauthors in their zoological carreers. Especially she helped the first author, to whom she proposed in 2005 to resolve the problem with persicus-horváthi complex, and that was a start point for his agamid studies. For a short bio see Doronin & Syromyatnikova 2021. 
  • ANANJEVA, NATALIA B.; KONSTANTIN D. MILTO, ANDREI V. BARABANOV, EVGENY A. GOLYNSKY 2020. An annotated type catalogue of amphibians and reptiles collected by Nikolay A. Zarudny in Iran and Middle Asia. Zootaxa 4722 (2): 101–128 - get paper here
  • Doronin, Igor V.; Elena V. Syromyatnikova 2021. To the Jubilee of the Editor-in-chief Prof. Natalia B. Ananjeva. Russian Journal of Herpetology 28 (1): - get paper here
  • Melnikov, Daniel; Ekaterina Melnikova, Roman Nazarov and Mahdi Rajabizadeh 2013. TAXONOMIC REVISION OF PHRYNOCEPHALUS PERSICUS DE FILIPPI, 1863 COMPLEX WITH DESCRIPTION OF A NEW SPECIES FROM ZAGROS, SOUTHERN IRAN. Current Studies in Herpetology 13 (1/2): 34–46.
  • ŠMÍD, JIŘÍ; JIŘÍ MORAVEC, PETR KODYM, LUKÁŠ KRATOCHVÍL, SEYYED SAEED HOSSEINIAN YOUSEFKHANI, ESKANDAR RASTEGAR-POUYANI & DANIEL FRYNTA 2014. Annotated checklist and distribution of the lizards of Iran. Zootaxa 3855 (1): 001–097 - get paper here
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