Dingqi RAO;Jens V.VINDUM;Xiaohui MA;Mingxia FU;Jeffery A.WILKINSON;Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences;Department of Herpetology, California Academy of Sciences;
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences;Department of Herpetology, California Academy of Sciences;
A population of Japalura from Yunnan Province, China, previously assigned to Japalura splendida, is described as a new species. The new species has been recorded between 1 138–2 500 m in the Nu River drainage between the towns of Liuku and Binzhongluo, and on the lower western slopes of the Nushan and eastern slopes of the Goaligongshan. The new species can be distinguished from other species of Japalura, except J. dymondi, by the following combination of characters: exposed tympani, prominent dorso-lateral stripes, and small gular scales. It is very similar with but differs from J. dymondi by having smooth or feebly keeled dorsal head scales, three relatively enlarged spines on either side of the post-occiput area, strongly keeled and mucronate scales on occiput area and within the lateral stripes, back of arm and leg green, higher number of dorsal-ridge scales(DS) and fourth toe subdigital scales(T4S). A principal component analysis of body measurements of adult male specimens of the new species and J. dymondi showed principal component 1 loading highest for upper arm length, fourth toe length and snout to eye length and principal component 2 loading highest for head width, head length and fourth toe length.
Agamidae;;Japalura sp.nov.;;Goaligongshan Mountain;;Nujiang River Valley;;Hengduan Mountains;;Yunnan;;China
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