Lowland Banded Uromastyx (U. flavofasciata (? malienses intergrade))
The Lowland Banded Uromastyx is another example of a natural intergrade species, or at least a subspecies that has genes from both populations. The southern link between the Banded Uromastyx and the Mali and Ebony Uromastyx seems to be stronger/broader than the northern link to the Moroccan Uromastyx (see discussion on integration on Highland Banded Uromastyx page). They seem to blend far down into the range of the Mali Uromastyx taking on stronger Mali characteristics as they go. Eventually it's hard to tell weather you are seeing a mostly Banded Uro with extra Mali gene characteristics or a mostly Mali Uro with stray Banded Uro genes. Likewise there seems to either be some integration with the Ebony Uromastyx to the east or the southeastern population of Banded's independently developed a melanistic gene. Individuals in that population start out looking like Banded Uro's but very quickly turn solid black. A few of the Ebony intergrades have been imported into North America at least twice in the early to mid 2000's and several have been successfully bred (Deb Wolfram being the first). Their terrible tempers towards each other however has greatly hindered their continued production and very few are currently still being bred. The intergrades with the Mali's avoid the bad temperament characteristics of the Ebony Uro and are much easier to work with.
The first Lowland Banded individuals imported were simply thought of as odd Mali's and none were successfully reproduced. Later, a few males came in in a shipment of supposed Mali's in the mid 2000's and those males along with some of the attending females were set up by Noel Alt in an outdoor desert pen and allowed to breed. We saw photos of the adults the next year and managed to obtain some of their offspring to selectively breed for the Lowland Banded traits. Our current stock now comes from that line.
They are slightly harder to sex than Mali's as some females have larger hemipenal bulges than the typical Mali. Adult coloration is very variable. So far most of ours have been muted yellow rather than the bright yellow seen in photos of specimens in the wild. Notable even the white in normal Bandeds can take many years to fully develop so odds are the yellow trait is similarly age dependent. We are working on the 3nd generation of captive bred Lowlands and hopefully can begin selecting for stronger patterns and brighter yellows. It's a work in progress but should prove very interesting.
Availability is very limited and can be expected to remain so for a few more years under current conditions. We should have a few hatchlings available each fall/early winter but generally sell out shortly after the new year depending on now many hatched that season. Please e-mail or call us (360 435-2679) if you're looking for Lowland Banded's. We keep a "Wanted" list and fill it as specimens become available. Please see "Deer Fern Farms Ordering / Pricing" for ordering information.
In-House Breeders and Sample Specimens
Dealers Pet in Middle East
Unknown locale wild Lowland
"Throwback" 2 yr old holdback adolescent
"Wave" 2 yr old holdback adolescent
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