Zoological Research ›› 2018, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (2): 105-113.doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2017.064

Special Issue: Amphibians & reptiles Genetics & evolution

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Discovery of Japalura chapaensis Bourret, 1937 (Reptilia: Squamata: Agamidae) from Southeast Yunnan Province, China

Kai Wang1,*, Ke Jiang2,3, Yu-Fan Wang4, Nikolay A. Poyarkov Jr.5,6, Jing Che2,3, Cameron D. Siler1   

  1. 1 Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History & Department of Biology, University of Oklahoma, Norman Oklahoma 73072-7029, USA
    2 Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming Yunnan, 650223, China
    3 Southeast Asia Biodiversity Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yezin  Nay Pyi Taw  05282, Myanmar 
    4 Zhejiang Forest Resource Monitoring Center, Hangzhou Zhejiang 310020, China
    5 Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Biological Faculty, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Leninskiye Gory, GSP-1, Moscow 119234, Russia
    6 Joint Russian-Vietnamese Tropical Research and Technological Center, 63 Nguyen Van Huyen Road, Nghia Do, Cau Giay, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Received:2017-08-14 Revised:2017-09-06 Online:2018-03-18 Published:2018-03-07
  • Contact: Kai Wang,E-mail: kai.wang-2@ou.edu E-mail:kai.wang-2@ou.edu
  • Supported by:
    The study is supported by The National Science Foundation (NSF) GRFP 2017216966 to K.W., the Russian Science Foundation (RSF grant No. 14-50-00029) to N.A.P., Animal Branch of the Germplasm Bank of Wild Species of CAS (Large Research Infrastructure Funding) to C.J., and NSF Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) 1353683 to C.D.S.

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.

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