Trapelus agilis (Olivier, 1804)

Jablonski, Daniel, Regan, John M., Holzheuser, Chace, Farooqi, Javeed, Basit, Abdul & Masroor, Rafaqat, 2019, Additional data to the herpetofauna of Afghanistan, Herpetozoa 32, pp. 177-193: 177

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Trapelus agilis (Olivier, 1804)


Trapelus agilis (Olivier, 1804) 

Distribution in Afghanistan.

Distribution of this species in the country is well known compared to other herpetofauna. It is known from provinces Badakhshan, Badgis, Farah, Faryab, Ghazni, Helmand, Herat, Jowzjan, Kabul, Kandahar, Takhar and Zabul ( Wagner et al. 2016). The following localities, presented by Wagner et al. (2016; p. 479-480), are not georeferenced in their study and are missing in the presented map: " Dahlah (MZLU L958/3239) ", " Faisabad, Kobt af indjodle (ZMUC R-36149) ", " nr Tarnak River, 75 km NE of Kandahar (CAS 90777) ", " nr Tarnak River, 90 km NE of Kandahar (CAS 90765-66) ", " Uden Merke (ZMUC R-36156) ". The geographically different but unclear localities " Seistan [Faizabad Prov.]" and " Seistan [Baqrabad Prov.]", for which Wagner et al. (2016) used the same coordinates located in western Afghanistan, are omitted here.

Our records

( Fig. 2View Figure 2). 1 - Camp Mike Spann Chapel, Mazar-i-Sharif, Balkh (1 October 2010), one adult individual observed in the bushy habitat in the camp; 2 - Lashkargāh, Helmand (3 September 2009), several adult and juvenile individuals ( Fig. 4DView Figure 4) observed in the semi-arid habitat; 3 - Kandahar, Air Base, Kandahar (6 March 2009), several adult and subadult individuals ( Fig. 4F, GView Figure 4) observed in the desert habitat with bushes near runway; 4 - Lagman Base, Qalat, Zabul (18 May 2009); ten individuals ( Fig. 4EView Figure 4) observed in the semi-desert habitat; 5 - Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan (16 October 2008), several adult, subadult and juvenile individuals observed in the rocky habitat.


All records presented here represent new locality data for the species in Afghanistan. Localities 1 and 5 represent new provincial records ( Fig. 2View Figure 2). Regan (2017) presents this species on pp. 16-20. The individual from page 18 is presented here as Trapelus aff. megalonyx  (see below).