Laudakia tuberculata

Laudakia tuberculata

Taxobox
name = Kashmir Rock Agama



regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Reptilia
ordo = Squamata
subordo = Iguania
familia = Agamidae
genus = "Laudakia"
species = "L. tuberculata"
binomial = "Laudakia tuberculata"
binomial_authority = Gray, 1827
synonyms = "Stellio indicus" "Agama tuberculata" "Barycephalus sykesii"

The Kashmir Rock Agama ("Laudakia tuberculata") is a species of agamid lizard found in N Pakistan, India (W Himalaya, Kashmir, Punjab), Nepal (Kathmandu), Afghanistan, and China (Tibetan Plateau).

Description

Head much depressed; snout longer than the diameter of the orbit; nostril lateral, below the "canthus rostralis", slightly tubular. Upper head-scales smooth or feebly keeled: occipital not enlarged; small closely-set spinose scales on the sides of the head near the ear, and on the neck; ear entirely exposed, larger than the eye-opening. Throat strongly plicate; no gular pouch. Body depressed, with a more or less distinct fold on each side of the back; scales on the neck and sides minute, almost granular, keeled, uniform or intermixed with scattered enlarged scales; those on the vertebral region enlarged, equal, rhomboidal, imbricate, strongly keeled; a very slight indication of a nuchal denticulation; ventral scales smooth, nearly as large as the enlarged dorsals. Limbs strong, with compressed digits; the scales on the upper surface of the limbs much enlarged and very strongly keeled; third and fourth fingers equal, or fourth very slightly longer; fourth toe slightly longer than third, fifth extending beyond first. Tail rounded, much depressed at the base, covered with moderate-sized strongly keeled scales arranged in rings; its length equals 2.5 to 3 times the distance from gular fold to vent.

Males with a large patch of thickened preanal scales and a patch of similar scales on the middle of the belly. Olive-brown above, spotted or speckled with blackish, sometimes with small yellowish spots; the breeding male's throat blue, with light spots; sometimes a light vertebral band. [Boulenger, G. A. 1890 Fauna of British India. Reptilia and Batrachia]

Cited references

References

* Ananjeva, N.B. & Tuniev 1994 Some aspects of historical biogeography of Asian rock agamids Russ. J. Herpetol. 1 (1): 43

External links

* http://www.kashmirnetwork.com/wikipedia/agama_kashmir_rock_w.jpg
* http://itgmv1.fzk.de/www/itg/uetz/herp/photos/Laudakia_tuberculata.jpg
* http://www.indianaturewatch.net/displayimage.php?id=6166


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