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Southern Tree Agama

Acanthocercus atricollis

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The GeoDex
The GeoDex 2 years ago

Congrats on SOTD, beautiful animal.

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Congratulations John, your Southern Tree Agama is our Spotting of the Day:

"This brightly colored Southern Tree Agama (Acanthocercus atricollis atrocillis) is our Spotting of the Day! Southern tree agamas are arboreal lizards found in southern Africa. Males are sexually dimorphic both in size (they have a larger head) and coloration. During the breeding season, males as the one pictured here have a bright blue head and throat, a yellow-green dorsal stripe and a dark shoulder spot, while females remain olive colored with black marbling. Acanthocercus atricollis atrocillis is a subspecies of the black-necked agama (Acanthocercus atricollis). Originally described in 1849 and broadly distributed from Ethiopia through East Africa to Angola and South Africa, A. atricollis counts six subspecies that have been described mainly on the basis of differences in coloration. Recent new morphological and genetic data suggest that A. atricollis is a complex of multiple species, and support species rank for some of the subspecies. For more information: "



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Mbombela, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Spotted on Nov 13, 2018
Submitted on Nov 13, 2018

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