Uromastyx

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Uromastyx

 

a genus of lizards of the family Agama. The head is short and slightly flattened. The upper part of the body is covered with identical tiny scales, among which some species have irregularly placed enlarged tubercles with small spines. The short, slightly flattened tail is covered on top with large spiny scales, which are gathered into regular transverse spiny rings. The total length may reach 80 cm. Adults are a monotone gray or brown, sometimes with tiny dark spots, and the young have light transverse stripes and spots.

The genus embraces 13 species, which are distributed in North and East Africa and in Southwest Asia as far east as western India. They inhabit arid rocky and desert areas. They dig deep burrows, which in the case of some species attain a length of 4 m. The animals have an increased resistance to high atmospheric temperatures, remaining active when soil temperatures are 53°–57°C. The young feed on tiny invertebrates, while adults are mainly herbivorous. The females deposit up to 20 eggs. The flesh and fat of the animals are eaten in some countries.

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Preliminary studies on locust hopper predation by Uromastix hardwickii.
Exploration of vertebrate predators for crop pests-1: food and feeding habits of spiny-tailed lizard, Uromastix sp.
The effects of mefenamic acid on hematocrit of the lizard, Uromastix hardwickii.
The distribution of vasotocin and mesotocin immunoreactivity in the hypothalamic magnocellular neurosecretory nuclei of the Saharan herbivorous lizard, Uromastix acanthinurus Bell, 1825 (Sauria-Agamidae).
In: Characterization, biochemistry of the lizard Uromastix hardwickii, University of Karachi Press, Karachi.
In our laboratory, we have purified and characterized these enzyme couples from liver of chicken and uromastix [16-17].
Early reports on bovine liver and uromastix liver low Mr PTPases showed that the 14 kDa band is actually a NH2- terminus truncated fragment probably originated by proteolysis during purification [25-26].
Acid phosphatase in skeletal muscles of Uromastix. Int.
In an earlier study juveniles of genus Oligacanthorhynchus Travassos, 1915 were recovered from the small intestine of Uromastix hardwicki Gray from Karachi, Pakistan (Khan et al., 2004).
The Compound Action Potential (CAP) was recorded from both the right and left isolated sciatic nerves from adult Frog, Uromastix and Rabbit of both sexes.
However, there was no significant difference among right and left sciatic nerve's NCV for both Uromastix and Rabbit, while it was significantly different for Frog.
Major reptile species included spiny tailed lizard (Uromastix hardwicikii), snake spp.