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Fan-throated Dragon Before 2016 every Fan-throated Lizard was considered as Sitana ponticeriana, but Deepak et. al. 2016, Systematic revision of genus Sitana cleared everything we knew about Fan-throated lizards. Sitana ponticeriana was shown only in southern parts of India, while similar looking Fan-throated Lizard having spiny head became &#039;sitana spinaecephalus&#039; meaning Spiny-headed Fan-throated Lizard...<br />
The fan-like structure made by them by inflating their throat skin is colourless/pale cream coloured compared to other species (now under the genus Sarada) showing vibrant hues of red and blue, but equally fascinating. I witnessed many individuals of Spiny-headed Fan-throated Lizards in my study tour to Western-central India and unfortunately missed clicking many moments of them displaying their fans (Still, I have a glimpse in a video which I will post soon).<br />
They look so amazing when they escape life-threatening situation by running on their hind-limbs and it reminds you of those tiny dinosaurs from The Jurassic Park... Here am presenting you a male of Spiny-headed Fan-throated Lizard staying still to get camouflage on ground (they are pretty good at this as well, and dont judge their camouflage ability by this close-up am sharing) FanThroatedLizard,Geotagged,India,IndianLizards,Lizards Of India,LizardsOfIndia,Reptiles Of India,Sitana spinaecephalus,Spiny-Headed Fan-throated Lizard,Spring,abhitap,abhitap1991 Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Fan-throated Dragon

Before 2016 every Fan-throated Lizard was considered as Sitana ponticeriana, but Deepak et. al. 2016, Systematic revision of genus Sitana cleared everything we knew about Fan-throated lizards. Sitana ponticeriana was shown only in southern parts of India, while similar looking Fan-throated Lizard having spiny head became 'sitana spinaecephalus' meaning Spiny-headed Fan-throated Lizard...
The fan-like structure made by them by inflating their throat skin is colourless/pale cream coloured compared to other species (now under the genus Sarada) showing vibrant hues of red and blue, but equally fascinating. I witnessed many individuals of Spiny-headed Fan-throated Lizards in my study tour to Western-central India and unfortunately missed clicking many moments of them displaying their fans (Still, I have a glimpse in a video which I will post soon).
They look so amazing when they escape life-threatening situation by running on their hind-limbs and it reminds you of those tiny dinosaurs from The Jurassic Park... Here am presenting you a male of Spiny-headed Fan-throated Lizard staying still to get camouflage on ground (they are pretty good at this as well, and dont judge their camouflage ability by this close-up am sharing)

    comments (5)

  1. Excellent shot, great depth of info, well done! Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks ferdy :-) Posted one year ago
  2. Nice find and photo. Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks :-) Posted one year ago
  3. Great photo! Posted 9 months ago

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Sitana spinaecephalus is a fan-throated lizard in the family Agamidae.

Similar species: Scaled Reptiles
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded May 25, 2020. Captured May 10, 2018 09:47 in Unnamed Road, Velugam, Gujarat 393115, India.
  • Canon EOS 1200D
  • f/5.6
  • 1/800s
  • ISO100
  • 250mm