Diploderma zhaoermii (GAO & HOU, 2002)
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|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Chinese: 汶川龙蜥|
|Synonym||Japalura zhaoermii GOA & HOU 2002|
Japalura flaviceps — VOGT 1924: 338 (part.)
Japalura zhaoermii — MANTHEY et al. 2012
Diploderma zhaoermii — WANG et al. 2018
|Distribution||China (W Sichuan)|
Type locality: Mianchi Town (31.35°N, 103.57°E), Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province, China, elevation 1,240 meters
|Types||Holotype: CIB 2001-GZF0001, an adult male. 25 August 2001; collected by GAO Zheng-fa, LIU Qing, and QIN Ai-min.|
Allotype: CIB2001-GZF0002, an adult female. Collected date, locality, and collectors are the same as the holotype.
Paratypes: 3 males (CIB2001-GZF0003, CIP2001-GZF0005) and 2 females (CIB2001-GZF0006, CIB2001-GZF0007). Collected date, locality, and collectors are the same as the holotype; 2 sub-adults (CIB2001-GZF0008, CIB2001-GZF0009), collected by HOU Mian at the same locality on 14 August, 2001.
The holotype, allotype, and seven paratypes of the new species are preserved in the Herpetological Museum, Chengdu Institute of Biology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu, Sichuan, China.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: The new species is related to Japalura flaviceps Barbour and Dunn, 1919. It differs from the latter in (1) rostral scale wide and low, usually bordered by five small scales along its upper margin, the median one larger (fig.1); (2) gular pouch of the male green; (3) generally eight black, radiated stripes around the eye, the four above the eye somewhat wider, the three below the eye slender, and the most wide one being posterior to the eye and obliquely extending to the posterior corner of the mouth; (4) top of head with several black or dark brown transverse bands; and (5) a brilliant yellow band along each side of the back, enclosing a series of about five (occasionally six) dark brown squarish blotches, usually without yellow centers. While in Japalura flaviceps (1) rostral scale bordered by five to seven small scales along iits upper margin, no larger median one; (2) gular pouch of the male dirty yellow; (3) no black radiated stripes around the eye; (4) top of head dusky brown, without black transverse bands; and (5) b arilliant yellow band along each side of the back, enclosing a series of about seven (occasionally six) irregular dark brown rhombs with yellow centers.|
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||This species is named tin honor of Professor Zhao Er-mi for (1930-2016) his studies on Chinese amphibians and reptiles and tireless in helping young herpetologists of China. See Zhao et al. 2017 and Adler 2017 for biographical details.|
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