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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
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

 en Discovery of Japalura chapaensis check for this species in other resources 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.

Abstract

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.

Keywords
Draconinae; Indochina; Morphological Variation; New record; Range extension; Systematics; Taxonomy

 
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