Phrynocephalus sakoi MELNIKOV, MELNIKOVA, NAZAROV, AL-JOHANY & ANANJEVA, 2015
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Phrynocephalus sakoi?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Phrynocephalus sakoi MELNIKOV, MELNIKOVA, NAZAROV, AL-JOHANY & ANANJEVA 2015|
Type locality: Al Sharqiyah Sands, Filim vicinity (20°41’19.7’’ N, 58°17’41.6’’ E), northeastern Oman.
|Types||Holotype: ZISP 28705, adult male (Fig. 4 in Melnikov et al. 2015). Paratypes. ZISP 28706 – 28710, ZISP 27089, CAS 251008, 251022, 251023 (Fig. 4 in Melnikov et al. 2015)|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A large and “heavy” Phrynocephalus species with tail longer than body in both sexes; five-star shape bright orange pattern on head in females and black in males, two bright orange stripes on the neck in females and black in males, two longitudinal rows of six bright orange (salmon) patches on the dorsum in females and black in males; with white undertail coloration without bands in both sexes with black distal third in males and black quarter in females (two bands) and no bands in white proximal part.|
Variation: there seems to be some variation with yellowish-brown specimens adapted to gravel and rocks and a grayish form adapted to fine sand (Fig. 7 in Melnikov et al. 2015: 308).
|Etymology||The species has been “dedicated to the memory of our close friend and colleague Sako Tuniyev [1983-2015], who tragically passed away on January 5, 2015.”|