External morphological and osteological features of Turkish populations of Laudakia stellio (LINNAEUS, 1758)


HERPETOZOA, vol.24, pp.73-88, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Journal Name: HERPETOZOA
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.73-88
  • Keywords: Reptilia: Squamata: Sauria: Agamidae, Laudakia stellio, external morphology, osteology, subspecific variation, distribution, Turkey, AGAMIDAE
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


The authors conducted a comparative study of the morphology and osteology of six Turkish populations of the agamid lizard Laudakia stellio (LINNAEUS, 1758). Color and pattern characteristics, pholidosis features and body measurements of 173 specimens were examined for morphological differences between the populations. Besides the analysis of external morphological traits, 40 specimens from five localities/populations were examined osteologically. In conclusion, the Hatay population differed morphologically and osteologically from the other populations.