Volume 39 Issue 2
Mar.  2018
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Kai Wang, Ke Jiang, Yu-Fan Wang, Nikolay A. Poyarkov Jr., Jing Che, Cameron D. Siler. Discovery of Japalura chapaensis Bourret, 1937 (Reptilia: Squamata: Agamidae) from Southeast Yunnan Province, China. Zoological Research, 2018, 39(2): 105-113. doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2017.064
Citation: Kai Wang, Ke Jiang, Yu-Fan Wang, Nikolay A. Poyarkov Jr., Jing Che, Cameron D. Siler. Discovery of Japalura chapaensis Bourret, 1937 (Reptilia: Squamata: Agamidae) from Southeast Yunnan Province, China. Zoological Research, 2018, 39(2): 105-113. doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2017.064

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

doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2017.064
Funds:  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.
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  • Corresponding author: Kai Wang,E-mail: kai.wang-2@ou.edu
  • Received Date: 2017-08-14
  • Rev Recd Date: 2017-09-06
  • Publish Date: 2018-03-18
  • 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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