Geographic variation in morphology of the genus Agamura Blanford, 1874 in Iran

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The genus Agamura was previously known from four species occurring on the Iranian Plateau, but was recently revised as a monotypic genus that excluded three species. In the present study, we examined different populations of Agamura persica morphologically. We found that A. persica shows geographic variation with respect to two groups, with the eastern population considered as A. cruralis and A. persica proposed for the western population. Separation between the two populations of A. persica was verified based upon ANOVA results for many morphological characters, including Head Height (HH), Interorbital distance (IO), Forelimb length (FLL), Number of scales across widest part of abdomen (NSA), Loreal scales (LOS), and Number of scales that separate two adjacent tubercles (NTV). Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Discriminant Function Analysis (DFA) based on metric and meristic characters confirmed the revision of the genus Agamura. Multivariate analysis indicated that all studied OTUs were assigned to the correct classification and have significantly different morphological characters.

Geographic variation in morphology of the genus Agamura Blanford, 1874 in Iran

in Amphibia-Reptilia



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    Map of Iran and sampling localities of all examined species in this study.

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    Color pattern of dorsal and tail in Agamura persica (eastern clade (A); western clade (B)).

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    Mental and postmental scales in Agamura persica (eastern clade A; western clade B).

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    PCA plot of intra- and inter-specific variation within the Agamura persica in the Iranian Plateau.


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