Systematics and distribution of the genus Phrynocephalus Kaup, 1825 (Sauria: Agamidae) in the Iranian plateau: A Review


  • Farnaz Ebrahimipour Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran
  • Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran
  • Eskandar Rastegar-Pouyani Department of Biology, Hakim Sabzevari University, Sabzevar, Iran



Agamidae, Iranian Plateau, Phrynocephalus, Reptilia, Squamata


There are numerous published data related to taxonomic structure and distribution of one of the most diverse and taxonomically confusing Iranian lizards, the genus phrynocephalus . The genus Phrynocephalus has a close relationship with genera Stellagama, Paralaudakia and Laudakia. There are about 10-12 species of this monophyletic genus in desert regions of Iran. The aim of this study is to provide a review of taxonomic changes as well as distribution plus a brief comparison of the Iranian Plateau phrynocephalus species.


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How to Cite

Ebrahimipour , F. ., Rastegar-Pouyani , N. ., & Rastegar-Pouyani, E. . (2022). Systematics and distribution of the genus Phrynocephalus Kaup, 1825 (Sauria: Agamidae) in the Iranian plateau: A Review. Journal of Wildlife and Biodiversity, 6(4), 97–116.