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Kai Wang, Jia-Wei Wu, Ke Jiang, Jin-Min Chen, Ben-Fu Miao, Cameron D. Siler, Jing Che. A new species of Mountain Dragon (Reptilia: Agamidae: Diploderma) from the D. dymondi complex in southern Sichuan Province, China. Zoological Research, 2019, 40(5): 456-465. doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2019.034
Citation: Kai Wang, Jia-Wei Wu, Ke Jiang, Jin-Min Chen, Ben-Fu Miao, Cameron D. Siler, Jing Che. A new species of Mountain Dragon (Reptilia: Agamidae: Diploderma) from the D. dymondi complex in southern Sichuan Province, China. Zoological Research, 2019, 40(5): 456-465. doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2019.034

A new species of Mountain Dragon (Reptilia: Agamidae: Diploderma) from the D. dymondi complex in southern Sichuan Province, China

doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2019.034
Funds:  the Strategic Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences(XDA 20050201);National Key Research and Development Program of China(2017YFC0505202);the Second Tibetan Plateau Scientific Expedition and Research (STEP) program(2019QZKK0501);the Animal Branch of the Germplasm Bank of Wild Species CAS(Large Research Infrastructure Funding);NSF GRFP(2017216966);KIZ(GREKF16-12)
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  • Corresponding author: Kai Wang,Jing Che
  • Received Date: 2019-08-21
  • Publish Date: 2019-09-18
  • Despite continuous studies on the cryptic diversity of the Diploderma flaviceps complex in Southwest China for the pastdecade, little attention has been given to other widespreadcongeners in China. Combining both morphological and phylogenetic data, we describe a new species of Diplodermafrom populations identified previously as D. dymondi in thelower Yalong River Basin in southern Sichuan Province. Thenew species is morphologically most similar to D. dymondiand D. varcoae, but it can be differentiated by a considerablegenetic divergence and a suite of morphological characters,including having taller nuchal crest scales, smaller tympana,and a distinct oral coloration. Additionally, we discuss otherputative species complexes within the genus Diploderma inChina.
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