A New Species of Pseudotrapelus (Agamidae, Sauria) from Nizwa, Oman

Daniel Andreevich Melnikov, Natalia Borisovna Ananjeva, Theodore J. Papenfuss


A new species of Pseudotrapelus from Nizwa, Oman is described. It differs morphologically from P. sinaitus in that its 3rd toe is much longer than its 4th (14 lamellae under the 4th toe), from P. aqabensis, P. dhofarensis and P. neumanni in that it has one row of 4 unseparated precloacal pores in males. This new species also has 16.6% genetic divergence from P. sinaitus, 11% from P. aqabensis and 11.2% from P. dhofarensis (COI). Taxonomic relationships of Arabian Peninsula Pseudotrapelus need further investigations.


Squamata; Acrodonta; Agamidae; Pseudotrapelus sp. nov.; Nizwa; Oman

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30906/1026-2296-2013-20-1-79-84


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