A New Iranian Phrynocephalus (Reptilia: Squamata: Agamidae) from the hottest place on earth and a key to the genus Phrynocephalus in southwestern Asia and Arabia

Zootaxa. 2015 Jan 6;3904(2):249-60. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3904.2.4.


A new species of agamid lizard, Phrynocephalus lutensis sp. nov., is described from the Lut Desert in Iran. It is a species adapted to wind-blown sand in this semi-isolated basin. It appears to be most closely similar to P. luteoguttatus and P. euptilopus on the basis of external morphology. A key to the 19 known Phrynocephalus species of southwestern Asia and Arabia is presented for the first time.

MeSH terms

  • Animal Distribution
  • Animal Structures / anatomy & histology
  • Animal Structures / growth & development
  • Animals
  • Arabia
  • Body Size
  • Ecosystem
  • Female
  • Iran
  • Lizards / anatomy & histology
  • Lizards / classification*
  • Lizards / growth & development
  • Male
  • Organ Size