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Acanthosaura brachypoda ANANJEVA, ORLOV, NGUYEN & RYABOV, 2011

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymAcanthosaura brachypoda ANANJEVA, ORLOV, NGUYEN & RYABOV 2011 
DistributionNW Vietnam

Type locality: Fan Si Pan Mount, Lao Cai Province, NW Vietnam  
TypesHolotype: ZISP 26273, adult female, “Fan Si Pan Mount village of Ban Khoan, 12 km NW of Sa Pa town, near O Qui Ho Pass, Lao Cai province, Vietnam (22°12’21’’ N 103°27’41’ E), 1900 m a.s.l.” Leg: S. A. Ryabov, V. V. Zolotukhin, V. 2006. 
DiagnosisAcanthosaura brachypoda has a unique combinations of morphometric and meristic external characters and very distinctive color pattern. Acanthosaura brachypoda sp.nov. from Fan Si Pan Mount, northwest Vietnam most closely resembles A. lepidogaster but differs from it by larger body length, shorter limbs, lower number of ventral scales, larger scales on the head and spotted color pattern on the brown background. 
CommentSimilar species: A. lepidogaster

Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
Etymologyfrom Greek “brachy” = short and “pous, podos” = foot, in reference to the short limbs of the species. 
  • Ananjeva, Natalia B.; Nikolai L. Orlov, Thien Tao Nguyen, Sergey A. Ryabov 2011. A New Species of Acanthosaura (Agamidae, Sauria) from Northwest Vietnam . Russ. J. Herpetol. 18 (3): 195-202 - get paper here
  • Kwet, Axel 2012. Liste der im Jahr 2011 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Terraria-Elaphe 2012 (3): 46-57 - get paper here
  • Liu S, Rao D 2019. A new species of the genus Acanthosaura from Yunnan, China (Squamata, Agamidae). ZooKeys 888: 105-132 - get paper here
  • Liu, S., Zhang, D., Hou, M., Orlov, N. L., Rao, D., Ananjeva, N. B., & Li, S. 2023. Taxonomic Assessment of Acanthosaura lepidogaster sensu lato (Reptilia: Agamidae) in China Through Extensive Sampling. Russian Journal of Herpetology, 30(3), 127-143
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Milto, Konstantin D.; Andrei V. Barabanov 2012. A Catalogue of the Agamid and Chamaeleonid Types in the Collection of the Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg. Russ. J. Herpetol. 19 (2): 155-170 - get paper here
  • NGUYEN, SANG NGOC; JIE-QIONG JIN, BA DINH VO, LUAN THANH NGUYEN, WEI-WEI ZHOU, JING CHE, ROBERT W. MURPHY, YA-PING ZHANG 2019. A new species of Acanthosaura Gray 1831 (Reptilia: Agamidae) from central Vietnam. Zootaxa 4612 (4): 555–565 - get paper here
  • PAUWELS, OLIVIER S. G.; MONTRI SUMONTHA, KIRATI KUNYA, AWAT NITIKUL, PHAMON SAMPHANTHAMIT, PERRY L. WOOD, JR. & LEE L. GRISMER 2015. Acanthosaura phuketensis (Squamata: Agamidae), a new long-horned tree agamid from southwestern Thailand. Zootaxa 4020 (3): 473–494 - get paper here
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