Bronchocela orlovi HALLERMANN, 2004
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|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Orlov’s Forest Lizard|
|Synonym||Bronchocela orlovi HALLERMANN 2004|
Bronchocela orlovi — NGUYEN et al. 2009
|Distribution||S Vietnam (Gia Lai); only known from type locality. Its distribution is probably limited to the northern part of Tai Nguyen Plateau in the Annam Mountains.|
Type locality: at Buoenloy, Ankhe District, Gia Lai Province, southern Vietnam (14°20’ N, 108°36’ E) 750 m elevation, collected by N. L. Orlov, May 1993.
|Types||Holotype: ZISP 22827, Zoological Institute Russian Academy of Science, St. Petersburg|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A Bronchocela specimen with a snoutvent length of 109.6 mm, tail length 372.0 mm relatively large feebly keeled dorsolateral and lateral scales, with 43 scale rows around midbody. The new species is most similar to B. jubata and an unspecified species from Cambodia (Bronchocela sp.), but differs from both in having fewer scales on the canthus rostralis between nasal scale and anterior border of orbital cavity (3 – 4 vs. 5 – 6, Fig. 3) and in having no small scale beween nasal scale and first scale of canthus rostralis. The keels of the scales of the uppermost scale row, next to dorsal crest, are directed parallel to the dorsal crest (directed upwards in jubata and Bronchocela sp.). Dorsal and lateral scales are about two thirds of the length of the ventrals (in jubata about half of the ventrals). It differs from other congeners by having lower number of scales around midbody (cristatella 60 – 120; marmorata 52 – 73, celebensis 62 – 66, hayeki 58 – 74), from danieli in having ventrals up to 2 times larger than dorsals or laterals (vs. 5 times larger), from smaragdina in having fifths toe longer than fourth finger and relatively thicker legs.|
|Comment||Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||Named after Russian herpetologist Nikolai Orlov.|
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