Acanthocercus branchi WAGNER, GREENBAUM & BAUER, 2012
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Acanthocercus branchi?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Acanthocercus branchi WAGNER, GREENBAUM & BAUER 2012|
Acanthocercus branchi — WAGNER et al. 2018
|Distribution||Zambia (Luangwa and Zambezi valleys)|
Type locality: dense Miombo woodland close to the Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) head office Chipata (approximate coordinates: -13.6053°, 32.6092°), Eastern Province, Zambia.
|Types||Holotype: ZFMK 88682, adult male, collected by Philipp Wagner on 7 September 2005; Paratypes: ZFMK, ZMB|
|Comment||Ecology: This new species is a tree dweller as it is typical for the A. atricollis complex (Reaney & Whiting 2003), although not for all subspecies (Wagner unpubl. data). In Chipata, it was collected in dense Miombo wood- land with large trees and a structured canopy. In Lusaka, it was captured on a solitary tree. At both localities, other individuals were also observed, but it was not possible to identify them as males or females. Specimens from Pioneer Camp were observed while climbing on tree trunks.|
Distribution: See map in Wagner et al. 2018: 794 (Fig. 10).
|Etymology||This new species is named in honour of William Roy Branch, in recognition of his important contributions to our knowledge of African amphibians and reptiles over several decades, and in commemoration of his nominal retirement as curator of herpetology at the Port Elizabeth Museum (Bayworld).|