Phrynocephalus lutensis KAMALI & ANDERSON, 2015
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Phrynocephalus lutensis?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Lut Desert Toad Headed Agama|
|Synonym||Phrynocephalus lutensis KAMALI & ANDERSON 2015|
Phrynocephalus lutensis — NASRABADI et al. 2017
|Distribution||Iran (Kerman; probably Khorasan, Sistan, Baluchistan)|
Type locality: Rig-e Yalan, Dasht-e Lut (Mega Dune, Lut Desert), Kerman Province, near the junction of Kerman, South Khorasan and Sistan & Baluchistan Provinces. 30° 27’ N, 59° 21’ E. 963m
|Types||Holotype: ZISP 28014, Adult male (Zoological Institute, St. Petersburg). Collected by Mehrdad Ghazvinian 11 March 2014. Paratypes. Adult male, ZISP 28015; Adult female, ZISP 28016, Same data as holotype.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. No upraised swollen scales on dorsum; no cutaneous fold at angle of mouth; no fringe of scales on posterior border of thigh and sides of base of tail; side of head and neck without projecting fringe-like scales; prominent fold on lateral sides of body, separating dorsal and ventral scales; dorsal scales subequal, smooth in general appearance, with upturned mucros when viewed from the side under magnification, homogeneous, not keeled; no enlarged scales along flanks; nasals not in contact and separated by 1–3 small scales; tail 106–119 percent of snout-vent length; no spinose scales on neck or back of head; both sides of third and fourth toes and one side of second toe strongly fringed; suborbital scales small and equal in size and never elongate; nostril not visible in entirety when head viewed from side; supralabial scales separated from eye by 3–4 rows of scales; about 30 lamellae under fourth toe; width of space between nostrils less than one half of distance between nostril and preocular ridge; about 30 scales from eye to eye across head. Snout-vent length (mm) 65–75, tail 69–89 (tail = 106–119% body length).|
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
Phylogenetics: Ebrahimipour et al. 2021 found populations of P. maculatus to be paraphyletic, especially including P. lutensis.
|Etymology||Named after the type locality.|