Red’n’blues: A New Species of Pseudotrapelus (Agamidae, Sauria) from Sudan, Africa

Daniel Melnikov, Jan Śmiełowski, Ekaterina Melnikova, Roman Nazarov, Natalia B. Ananjeva


A new species of Pseudotrapelus from Sudan, Africa is described. It differs morphologically from all other Pseudotrapelus species in its unique coloration — chocolate-red with white ocelli, also in its 3rd toe being longer than the 4th (but 16 lamellae under the 4th toe), and in one row of 6 unseparated precloacal pores in males. This new species also has 14.3% genetic divergence from P. sinaitus, and 14.7% from P. aqabensis, P. dhofarensis, and P. jensvindumi (by mtDNA COI gene). Taxonomic relationships of African Pseudotrapelus need further investigations.


Squamata; Acrodonta; Agamidae; Pseudotrapelus sp. nov.; Africa; Sudan

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