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Acanthocercus branchi WAGNER, GREENBAUM & BAUER, 2012

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymAcanthocercus branchi WAGNER, GREENBAUM & BAUER 2012
Acanthocercus branchi — WAGNER et al. 2018 
DistributionZambia (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.  
TypesHolotype: ZFMK 88682, adult male, collected by Philipp Wagner on 7 September 2005; Paratypes: ZFMK, ZMB 
CommentEcology: 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). 
EtymologyThis 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). 
  • Kwet, Axel 2013. Liste der im Jahr 2012 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Terraria-Elaphe 2013 (3): 52-67 - get paper here
  • Wagner, P., E. Greenbaum & A. Bauer 2012. A new species of the Acanthocercus atricollis complex (Squamata: Agamidae) from Zambia. Salamandra 48 (1): 21-30 - get paper here
  • Wagner, Philipp; Eli Greenbaum, Aaron M Bauer, Chifundera Kusamba & Adam D Leaché 2018. Lifting the blue-headed veil – integrative taxonomy of the Acanthocercus atricollis species complex (Squamata: Agamidae). African Journal of Herpetology - get paper here
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