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Agama agama

Agama agama (*)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Reptilia
Subclassis: Diapsida
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Subordo: Sauria
Infraordo: Iguania
Familia: Agamidae
Subfamilia: Agaminae
Genus: Agama
Species: Agama agama


Agama agama Linnaeus, 1758


* Agama agama Report on ITIS

Vernacular names
English: Red-headed Agama
Français: Agame des colons

Agama agama is a species of lizard from the Agamidae family, found in most of subsaharan Africa. It is commonly referred to as the Common Agama, Red-headed Rock Agama, or Rainbow Agama.

It can often be seen in the heat of the day. in the breeding season the males develop their most dramatic markings, the head and neck and also tail turning bright orange, and the body dark blue. Outside of the breeding season, the male is a plain brown. The females and juveniles are always more cryptically marked. This lizard can be climbing rocks and walls. The diet is insects.

* Spawls S, Howell KM, Drewes RC. Reptiles and Amphibians of East Africa, Princeton:Princeton University Press, 2006.
* Agama agama at the Reptile Database
* "Agama agama". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.

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