Uromastyx shobraki WILMS & SCHMITZ, 2007
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Uromastyx shobraki?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Uromastycinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||G: Südarabische Dornschwanzagame|
|Synonym||Uromastyx yemenensis shobraki WILMS & SCHMITZ 2007|
Uromastyx shobraki WILMS et al. 2009
Uromastyx yemenensis shobraki — SINDACO et al. 2014
Uromastyx shobraki — TAMAR et al. 2017
Type locality: Mafraq Mocca (Mafraq al-Mukha), km 13.5, Republic of Yemen.
|Types||Holotype: ZFMK 48681, adult male, leg. B. Schätti, 5.–6.IV.1988; Paratypes: ZFMK 48680, adult male, same data as holotype; MHNG 2496.55-56, MHNG 2553.56 and MHNG 2455.100.|
|Diagnosis||Differential diagnosis: Uromastyx shobraki is distinguished from U. thomasi and U. princeps by the significantly longer tail. From all remaining species of the genus (with the exception of the U. ocellata group) by the arrangement of the annuli of the tail: last 8–21 forming a continuous scale row each (U. ocellata group) vs. 2–5 whorls forming a continuous scale row (all other Uromastyx species). From U. ocellata, U. ornata and U. macfadyenithe species differs in lacking femoral- and preanal pores.|
Uromastyx shobraki differs from U. benti in having smaler scales around midbody (188.92 +/- 13.22 in U. shobraki vs. 160.05 +/- 8.98 in U. benti) and smaller ventrals (86.64 +/-4.88 in U. shobraki vs. 74 +/-4.02 in U. benti). U. shobraki is differentiated from U. yemenensis not only by its larger maximum size (393 mm in U. shobrakivs. 337 mm in U. yemenensis) but also in different colour pattern and in significant genetic differences.
|Etymology||U. shobraki is named in honour of Dr. Mohammed Shobrak, Director of the “National Wildlife Research Centre, NWRC” in Taif, Saudi Arabia, for his outstanding achievements regarding the conservation of Arabian Wildlife.|