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Coryphophylax subcristatus (BLYTH, 1860)

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesShort-crested Bay Island forest lizard 
SynonymTiaris subcristata BLYTH 1860: 109
Coryphophylax maximiliani FITZINGER 1861 (nom. nud. fide WERMUTH 1967)
Tiaris subcristata — ANDERSON 1871: 167
Tiaris humei STOLICZKA 1873 (fide SMITH 1935)
Gonyocephalus subcristatus — BOULENGER 1885: 292
Gonyocephalus humii — BOULENGER 1885: 293 (nom. subst. pro T. humei)
Goniocephalus subcristatus SMITH 1935: 163
Gonocephalus subcristatus — WERMUTH 1967: 62
Coryphophylax subcristatus — DAS 1996
Coryphophylax subcristatus — MANTHEY & SCHUSTER 1999: 45 
DistributionIndia (Andaman Island, Nicobar Island)

Type locality: Port Blair, Andaman Islands  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesType: Lost, according to Smith (1935), reportedly "common at Port Blair" (11º 36'N; 92º 45'E, in South Andaman Islands, Bay of Bengal, India), where the holotype may have originated. ZSI 50412 is listed as the holotype of Tiaris humei Stoliczka, 1873, from Tellingchang Island (= Tillanchong Island, 08º 30'N; 93º 37'E, Nicobar Islands, Bay of Bengal, India). Das et al. 1998 listed ZSI 5191–92 (syntypes) ZSI 5369–70 (syntypes) ZSI 5199–202 (syntypes). 
CommentThe present taxon as now understood may be a composite species from the islands of the Andamans and Nicobars, for which the names Coryphophylax maximiliani Fitzinger in: Steindachner, 1867 and Tiaris humei Stoliczka, 1873, are available [I. DAS, pers. comm.]

Type species: Coryphophylax maximiliani FITZINGER 1861 is the type species of the genus Coryphophylax FITZINGER 1861 (nomen nudum) and Coryphophylax FITZINGER in STEINDACHNER 1869: 30. 
References
  • Anderson, J. 1871. On some Indian reptiles. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1871: 149-211 - get paper here
  • Blyth, E. 1860. Of reptiles ... [In: Report of the curator, Zoological department, pp. 87-115]. J. Asiatic Soc. Bengal 29: 107-111 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, George A. 1890. The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. Taylor & Francis, London, xviii, 541 pp. - get paper here
  • HARIKRISHNAN, S.; KARTHIKEYAN VASUDEVAN, S. R. CHANDRAMOULI, B. C. CHOUDHURY, SUSHIL KUMAR DUTTA & INDRANEIL DAS 2012. A new species of Coryphophylax Fitzinger in: Steindachner, 1867 (Sauria: Iguania: Agamidae) from the Andaman Islands, India. Zootaxa 3451: 31–45 - get paper here
  • Manthey,U. & SCHUSTER,N. 1999. Agamen, 2. Aufl. Natur und Tier Verlag (Münster), 120 pp. - get paper here
  • Smith,M.A. 1935. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Reptiles and Amphibia, Vol. II. Sauria. Taylor and Francis, London, 440 pp.
  • Stoliczka, F. 1870. Observations on some Indian and Malayan Amphibia and Reptilia. J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 39: 134-228. - get paper here
  • Stoliczka,F. 1873. Notes on some Andamese and Nicobarese Reptiles, with the descriptions of three new species of lizards. J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 42: 162-169 - get paper here
  • Venugopal, P.D. 2010. An updated and annotated list of Indian lizards (Reptilia: Sauria) based on a review of distribution records and checklists of Indian reptiles. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2 (3): 725-738. - get paper here
  • Vogel, Gernot 2014. Die Andamanen – Ein wenig bekanntes Tierparadies. Terraria-Elaphe 2014 (6): 44-55 - get paper here
 
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