Saturday, April 4, 2015

[Herpetology • 2015] Pseudotrapelus chlodnickii • Red'n'blues: A New Species of Pseudotrapelus (Agamidae, Sauria) from Sudan, Africa

Pseudotrapelus chlodnickii
Melnikov, Smielowski, Melnikova, Nazarov & Ananjeva, 2015

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.

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

Daniel Melnikov, Jan Smielowski, Ekaterina Melnikova, Roman Nazarov and Natalia B. Ananjeva. 2015. Red'n'blues: A New Species of Pseudotrapelus (Agamidae, Sauria) from Sudan, Africa. Russian Journal of Herpetology. 22(1);53 – 60.

Pseudotrapelus aqabensis MELNIKOV, NAZAROV, ANANJEVA & DISI, 2012
Pseudotrapelus dhofarensis MELNIKOV & PIERSON, 2012
Pseudotrapelus jensvindumi MELNIKOV, ANANJEVA & PAPENFUSS, 2013