Thursday, October 18, 2012

[Herpetology • 2006] Acanthosaura nataliae • A new Acanthosaura allied to A. capra Günther, 1861 (Agamidae, Sauria) from central Vietnam and southern Laos


Acanthosaura nataliae Orlov, Truong & Sang, 2006

A new agamid species from central Vietnam and Southern Laos is described. It is distinguished from A. armata, A. coronata, A. crucigera, and A. lepidogaster by lacking a spine on the occiput between the tympanum and nuchal crest. The new species differs from coronata and lepidogaster by having a large crest and from armata, crucigera, and lepidogaster by lacking a dark marking on the nape. It most closely resembles A. capra, but differs from it by having large keeled scales intermixed with small scales on the lateral and dorsal surface of body (scales relatively uniform in capra). Strong difference in coloration in live of adult males and females of compared species of genus Acanthosaura are described.

Etymology. The specific epithet is a matronym for Natalia Ananjeva (Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia) in recognition of her many contributions to the study of agamid lizards. 


Orlov, Nikolai L., Quang Truong Nguyen and Van Sang Nguyen 2006. A new Acanthosaura allied to A. capra Günther, 1861 (Agamidae, Sauria) from central Vietnam and southern Laos. Russian Journal of Herpetology. 13 (1):61-76.

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