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New Record of Agamid Lizard Trapelus agilis (Olivier, 1804) (Squamata: Agamidae) from Gujarat, India

Pankaj Joshi, Chetan Misher, Ovee H. Thorat


We report sightings of the agamid lizard Trapelus agilis (Olivier, 1804) commonly known as the Brilliant Ground Agama, from the state of Gujarat in India. Trapelus agilis is known to be present in the state of Rajasthan from India, but its presence in Gujarat had not been confirmed due to absence of substantial records beside one old record from 1880s. We report sightings of T. agilis on two separate occasions in the years 2014 and 2015 from the region of Banni grasslands in Kachchh district of Gujarat. The observations and the nature of the habitat are described in detail. These recent sightings prompt for a systematic survey of T. agilis in the Kachchh landscape in India.


Trapelus agilis; Squamata; Agamidae; Banni Grasslands; India

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