Monday, June 12, 2017

[Herpetology • 2017] Pseudocalotes baliomus • A New Species of Pseudocalotes (Squamata: Agamidae) from the Bukit Barisan Range of Sumatra with An Estimation of Its Phylogeny

 Pseudocalotes baliomus 
 Harvey, Shaney, Hamidy, Kurniawan & Smith. 2017

Spot-Shouldered False Garden Lizard || 
DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4276.2.4 


We describe a new species of Pseudocalotes from montane forests of the central, western coast of Sumatra. The combination of 3 or 4 interoculabials, slightly enlarged and heavily keeled scales on the lower flanks, a white scapular spot, a relatively long fifth toe, bicarinate lamellae at the base of Toe III, absence of a postrictal modified scale, and three rows of paravertebrals directed dorsally and posteriorly distinguishes the new species from its congeners on Sumatra and Java. Among the new characters defined in this study, counts of subdigital lamellae within the “span of Toe V” proved particularly useful for diagnosing species of Pseudocalotes. Phylogenetic analysis of DNA sequences identified a monophyletic group containing the Sumatran and Javan Pseudocalotes. Based on the phylogeny, we define a P. cybelidermus Group containing P. cybelidermus and P. guttalineatus and a P. tympanistriga Group containing P. tympanistriga, P. rhammanotus, and the new species. Combinations of five morphological characters define each of these two clades. As currently defined, Pseudocalotes is polyphyletic; Javan and Sumatran species are more closely related to other draconines such as Dendragama boulengeri than they are to some mainland species.

Keywords: Reptilia, Draconinae, Pseudocalotes baliomus new species, Pseudocalotes dringi, Pseudocalotes rhammanotus, Pseudocalotes tympanistriga, Sauria

FIGURE 1. Adult male holotype of Pseudocalotes baliomus (MZB 9813, SVL 68 mm) from forest along road from Tapan to Sungai Penuh, Sumatera Barat Department, Sumatra, Indonesia, 1181 m. Photo by E. N. Smith. 

Etymology. The new name baliomus is a masculine adjective derived from the Greek adjective balios meaning spotted and Greek noun omos meaning shoulder. The new name refers to the diagnostic white blotches on the shoulder of Pseudocalotes baliomus.

Standard English Common Name. Spot-Shouldered False Garden Lizard.

 Michael B. Harvey, Kyle Shaney, Amir Hamidy, Nia Kurniawan and Eric N. Smith. 2017. A New Species of Pseudocalotes (Squamata: Agamidae) from the Bukit Barisan Range of Sumatra with An Estimation of Its Phylogeny. Zootaxa. 4276(2); 215–232. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4276.2.4

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