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Citation: Midtgaard, Rune. RepFocus - A Survey of the Reptiles of the World. (www.repfocus.dk).
Latest update: December 31st, 2022.

Taxonomy of the family Agamidae
Bibliography of the genus Salea
Biodiversity of the family Agamidae


Indian Bush Agamas, Bush Lizards, Saleas, Spiny Lizards


Indiske Kratagamer

1845 Salea Gray (type species: Salea horsfieldii Gray 1845)
1851 Mecolepis Dumeril (type species: Mecolepis trispinosus Dumeril 1851; syn. Wermuth 1967)
1878 Lophosalea Beddome (type species: Lophosalea anamallayana Beddome 1878; syn. Wermuth 1967)
Contents: 3 species, of which 2 (66.7%) are endemic.
Endemism: 0% 100%
Distribution: India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu).

Salea anamallayana

Anaimalai Bush Agama, Anaimalai Spiny Lizard, Dark-brown Bush Lizard



1878 Lophosalea anamallayana Beddome
Salea anamallayana Boulenger 1885
1928 Salea anamallayana triangularis Roux

Distribution: India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu).

Salea gularis

(Indian Bush Agama)


(Indisk Kratagam)

1853 Salea gularis Blyth

Remarks: Status and type locality uncertain. The type specimen is unavailable, and the generic assignment ambiguous (Manthey 2010). According to Smith (1935) it may belong in the genus Calotes. Not mentioned by Sharma (2002).
Distribution: Unknown.

Salea horsfieldii

Nilgiri Bush Agama, Green Bush Lizard, (Horsfield's Spiny Lizard)

Nilgiri-Stachelschuppen-Agame, (Horsfields Stachelschuppen-Agame)


1845 Salea horsfieldii Gray
1846 Salea jerdonii Gray (Wermuth 1967)
1851 Mecolepis hirsutus Duméril (Wermuth 1967)
1851 Mecolepis sulcatus Duméril (Wermuth 1967)
1851 Mecolepis trispinosus Duméril (Wermuth 1967)

Remarks: Although reported from Kerala by some authors (Thomas & Easa 1997; Easa & Ramachandran 2004; Palot 2015), the species has only been verified from Tamil Nadu (Das, Campbell, Deuti, Bag & Raha 2019).
Distribution: India (Tamil Nadu).