Thursday, October 18, 2012

[Herpetology • 2008] Species of Acanthosaura Gray, 1831 (Agamidae: Sauria, Reptilia) of Vietnam: Results of molecular and morphological study


Abstract
On the basis of morphological and molecular data, taxonomic diversity of the agamid genus Acanthosaura in Vietnam is discussed. This genus is represented in Vietnam by four species of two complexes, A. capra and A. lepidogaster. DNA analysis and the absence of reliable finds suggest to exclude A. crucigera and A. armata from the faunal list of Vietnam. The recently described species A. nataliae Orlov, Nguyen and Nguyen, 2006 of the A. capra complex is considered. Two species are recognized in the A. lepidogaster complex, one of which, A. coronata Günther, 1861, Smith (1935) regarded as a synonym of A. lepidogaster (Cuvier, 1829).

Ananjeva, N.B.; N. L. Orlov and S. A. Kalyabina-Hauf 2008. Species of Acanthosaura Gray, 1831 (Agamidae: Sauria, Reptilia) of Vietnam: Results of molecular and morphological study. Biology Bulletin (MAIK Nauka). 35 (2): 178-186 DOI: 10.1134/S106235900802012X

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