Phrynocephalus mystaceus

Phrynocephalus mystaceus, also known as the secret toadhead agama[2] and toad-headed agama,[1] is a species of agamid lizard. It is found in southern Russia, Kazakhstan, and northwestern China (Xinjiang) and southward to northern Iran, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.[1][2]

Phrynocephalus mystaceus
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Agamidae
Genus: Phrynocephalus
P. mystaceus
Binomial name
Phrynocephalus mystaceus
(Pallas, 1776)

Lacerta mystacea Pallas, 1776


Two subspecies are recognized:[2]

  • Phrynocephalus mystaceus mystaceus (Pallas, 1776)
  • Phrynocephalus mystaceus khorasanus Solovyeva, Dunayev, Nazarov, Radjabizadeh & Poyarkov, 2018


Phrynocephalus mystaceus is generally associated with unvegetated tops of large, high sand dunes and occurs at elevations of −45–1,000 m (−148–3,281 ft) above sea level.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Dujsebayeva, T.; Ananjeva, N.B.; Sattorov, T.; Nazarov, R.; Doronin, I.; Melnikov, D.; Shestopal, A.; Nuridjanov, D.; Tuniyev, B.; Aghasyan, A.; Orlov, N.L.; Tuniyev, S.; Anderson, S.; Shi, L.; Guo, X.; Wang, Y. (2019). "Phrynocephalus mystaceus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2019: e.T157250A744631. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-2.RLTS.T157250A744631.en. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Phrynocephalus mystaceus at the Reptile Database. Accessed 19 January 2021.