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Japalura brevicauda MANTHEY, DENZER, HOU & WANG, 2012

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymJapalura brevicauda MANTHEY, DENZER, HOU & WANG 2012
Japalura flaviceps BARBOUR & DUNN 1919: 16 (part.)
Japalura yunnanensis WERNER 1924: 41 (part.) 
DistributionChina (NW Yunnan)

Type locality: Snow Mt. Village, 2740 m (ca. 27°05’N, 100°11’E), 19 km north of Lijiang, Northwestern Yunnan, PR China  
TypesHolotype: AMNH 19879 (male, paratype of J. flaviceps), collected by R. C. Andrews and Edmund Heller, November 1916.
Paratypes. ZMB 28932 (female), eastern slopes of the Yulong Snow Mountains, near Lijiang (ca. 26°53’N, 100°11’E, > 2500 m asl.), collected by Camillo Schneider some time between July and October 1914; AMNH 19878 (female, paratype of J. flaviceps), temple on a mountain (2590 m) overlooking Lijiang, collected by R. C. Andrews and Edmund Heller on 11th October 1916; NMW 20853 (juv.), Lijiang collected by Heinrich Freiherr von Handel-Mazzetti, June 1915. 
CommentSynonymy: partly after MANTHEY et al. 2012. 
EtymologyThe name brevicauda (Lat. brevis = short, cauda = tail) means short tailed reflecting this morphological feature of the new species. 
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  • MANTHEY, ULRICH; WOLFGANG DENZER, HOU MIAN & WANG XIAOHE 2012. Discovered in historical collections: Two new Japalura species (Squamata: Sauria: Agamidae) from Yulong Snow Mountains, Lijiang Prefecture, Yunnan, PR China. Zootaxa 3200: 27–48
  • WANG, KAI; JINLONG REN, KE JIANG, ZHIYONG YUAN, JING CHE, CAMERON D. SILER 2017. Rediscovery of the enigmatic Mountain Dragon, Japalura yulongensis (Reptilia: Sauria: Agamidae), with notes on its natural history and conservation. Zootaxa 4318 (2): 351–363 - get paper here
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