These fan throated lizards belong to the family agamidae, the same family of the south indian rock agamas, which we came across in an earlier article.

fan-throated lizard, sitana ponticeriana, hyderabad
They are known as fan throated lizards as they have an expandable flap of skin under their throat, known as a dewlap or a gular fan. These lizards expand this dewlap like a fan, for various purposes like warning enemies, courtship, identifying the species, etc. We did not see this one expanding its fan. May be next time!

fan-throated lizard, sitana ponticeriana, hyderabad

fan-throated lizard, sitana ponticeriana, hyderabad

Date: 14 Jun 2007
Location: @ Mrugavani, Hyderabad, India
Camera: Nikon D80 + Tamron SP AF90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens

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