Hypsilurus bruijnii (PETERS & DORIA, 1878)
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|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Bruijni ForestDragon|
|Synonym||Gonyocephalus (Hypsilurus) bruijnii PETERS & DORIA 1878|
Gonyocephalus bruijnii — BOULENGER 1885: 295
Gonyocephalus bruyni [sic] — DE ROOIJ 1915: 115
Hypsilurus bruijnii — BAUER et al. 1995: 53
|Distribution||Indonesia (Irian Jaya), Papua New Guinea (Western Province); Batanta Island.|
Type locality: Monti Arfak” [= Arfak mountains, Doberai (Vogelkop) Peninsula, Irian Jaya, Indonesia.
|Types||Holotype: MSNG 9562|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Medium–sized, long–tailed species with homogeneous dorsal scalation and a discontinuous vertebral crest. Several scales below the tympanum and at the angle of the mouth enlarged; a row of enlarged submaxillaries present; anterior edge of the gular pouch without enlarged scales.|
H. bruijnii differs from modestus by the presence of a dorsal crest (vs. absent), auritus, geelvinkianus and nigrigularis by a small gular pouch with roundish base near the clavicular region (vs. large with acute base on the chest), as well as the presence of a row of enlarged submaxillaries (vs. absent); additionally from auritus by the absence of dark spots on either side of the neck (vs. present), geelvinkianus by a normally developed dorsal crest (vs. rudimentary), boydii, spinipes and dilophus by homogeneous dorsal scalation (vs. heterogeneous) and a longer tail TL/SVL > 3.0 (vs. < 2.3), all other species the absence of large plates on either side of the head (vs. present).
|Comment||Similar species: H. magnus.|
|Etymology||Named after Anton August Bruijn (d. 1885), a Dutch plumassier (feather merchant). Beolens et al. speculate that there may have been two men of the same name, perhaps brothers, operating in the same area.|
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