Uromastyx ornata

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Uromastyx ornata
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Agamidae
Genus: Uromastyx
Species: U. ornata
Binomial name
Uromastyx ornata
Heyden, 1827

Uromastyx ornata, commonly called the ornate mastigure, is a species of lizard in the family Agamidae. The species is endemic to the Middle East.


U. ornata is one of the most colorful members of the genus in Israel, with a total length (including tail) of up to 37 cm (15 in).[citation needed]

Geographic range and habitat[edit]

The ornate mastigure can be found on rocky areas in Egypt,[3] Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.[2]


Two subspecies are recognized as being valid, including the nominotypical subspecies.[2]


The subspecific name, philbyi, is in honor of British Arabist Harry St. John Bridger Philby.[4]

Conservation status[edit]

U. ornata is considered Least Concern by the IUCN,[1] but rated as EN (B,C2a) according to "Endangered species in Israel, the red list of threatened animals".[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Wilms, Thomas M.; Sindaco, Roberto (2012). "Uromastyx ornata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Uromastyx ornata Heyden, 1827". The Reptile Database. Peter Uetz (database content) and Jakob Hallermann Institute. Retrieved 2012-02-07. 
  3. ^ Baha el Din, Sherif (2006). A Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Egypt. Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press. 320 pp. ISBN 978-9774249792.  (Uromastyx ornata, pp. 44, 135).
  4. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Uromastyx ornata philbyi, p. 206).

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA (1885). Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Second Edition. Volume I. ... Agamidæ. London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xii + 436 pp. + Plates I-XXXII. (Uromastix ornatus, p. 406).
  • Heyden CHG (1827). "Reptilien ". pp. 1–24 + Plates 1-6. In: Rüppell E (1827). Atlas zu der Reise in nördlichen Afrika. Erste Abtheilung Zoologie. Frankfurt am Main: H.L. Brönner. vi + 350 pp. (Uromastyx ornatus, new species, pp. 1–5 + Plate 1). (in German).