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Earless Agamid
   
   

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Family : AGAMIDAE
Species : Aphaniotis fusca
Size (snout to vent) : 7 cm
Size (total length) : 21 cm

This species is to be found mainly in primary forest. Its spindly body shape and lack of external ear opening are the keys to its identification. Its body scales are extremely small, its neck crest is generally not visible and the inside of the mouth is light blue. The iris of the female and juveniles is brown, however in some populations the iris of the male may be a stunning blue.

This charming species appears to be active both by day and night. It ranges from southern Thailand through Peninsular Malaysia to Singapore. It also occurs on the island of Borneo.


Fig 1 : Adult with blue iris, Macritchie Forest, Singapore.

Figs 2 and 3 : Adult with mottled brown and orange markings, Gunung Keledang, Perak, Peninsular Malaysia.

Fig 4 : Sub-adult with mottled body and brown head, Singapore.


References : H1, H2