Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Vol. 39, No. 2, 2018, pp. 105-113
Bioline Code: zr18012
Full paper language: English
Document type: Report
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Zoological Research, Vol. 39, No. 2, 2018, pp. 105-113
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Discovery of Japalura chapaensis Bourret, 1937 (Reptilia: Squamata: Agamidae) from Southeast Yunnan Province, China|
Wang, Kai; Jiang, Ke; Wang, Yu-Fan; Poyarkov, Nikolay A.; Che, Jing & Siler, Cameron D.
Due to a paucity of surveys in northern Indochina and lack of international collaborations among neighboring countries, recognized distributional ranges for many amphibian and reptile species end at the political borders for some countries, despite seemingly continuous suitable habitat spanning the region. Combining both morphological and genetic data, we report the first discovery of Japalura chapaensis, a rare agamid lizard believed previously to be endemic to northern Vietnam only, along the border region of southeastern Yunnan Province, China. To facilitate future research on the genus Japalura sensu lato in Indochina, we provide detailed descriptions of additional specimens of this rare species, including the first description of coloration in life and an expanded diagnosis, and discuss the species boundary of J. chapaensis with respect to its congeners.
Draconinae; Indochina; Morphological Variation; New record; Range extension; Systematics; Taxonomy
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