Taxonomy

Animalia Chordata Vertebrata Reptilia Squamata Sauria Agamidae Agama Agama robecchii

Taxonomic notes: Due to distinct differences between this species and other Ethiopian Agama, Largen and Spawls (2006) speculate that its assignment to this genus may be incorrect.

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Geographic Range

With the exception of a single specimen from Aware (northern Ogaden region) in Ethiopia (Largen and Spawls 2006, Largen and Spawls 2010), this lizard is known only from Somalia. In this country in is apparently widespread, with records from Sanaag, Bari and Nogal regions in the north, Mudug in Central Somalia, and the Middle Shebelli and Mogadishu regions in the south (Lanza 1990). It may occur in the northern region of Togdheer, along the northern border with Ethiopia (Lanza 1990). There is a recent photographic record from Hargeisa, to the west of previously known records in northern Somalia (N. Redman unpubl. data), and another from Oog (Mazuch 2013).
Contact Mazuch re this species, and possibly Nigel Redman (who is an ornithologist)

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Habitat

This lizard occurs in sandy plains, where it is diurnal and terrestrial and has been found living in holes in the ground (Largen and Spawls 2006, Largen and Spawls 2010).

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Population

There is no information on the population status of this species.

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Use Trade

There is unlikely to be any trade or use of this little-known species.

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Threats

There are unlikely to be any major threats to this species, which is widespread in an arid area.

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I suggest that climatic change is a threat. The species probably lifes on its temperature maximum and moving to higher altitudes could be problematic as it is adapted to sandy plains.

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Specific Threats

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    Conservation Actions

    It is not known if this species is present in any protected areas.

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    Specific Actions

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      Red List Rationale

      LC

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      Least Concern

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      Bibliography

      • Lanza, B. 1990. Amphibians and reptiles of the Somali Democratic Republic: checklist and biogeography. Biogeographica: 407-465.
      • Largen, M. and Spawls, S. 2010. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
      • Largen, M.J. and Spawls, S. 2006. Lizards of Ethiopia (Reptilia Sauria): an annotated checklist, bibliography, gazetteer and identification key. Tropical Zoology 19: 21-109.

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