Nadzikambia baylissi BRANCH & TOLLEY, 2010
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Nadzikambia baylissi?
|Higher Taxa||Chamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Nadzikambia baylissi BRANCH & TOLLEY 2010|
Nadzikambia baylissi — LIVIGNI 2013: 281
|Distribution||Mozambique (evergreen forest on Mount Mabu)|
Type locality: forest base camp in the extensive, mid-altitude forest that nestles under the eastern face of Mount Mabu, Zambézia Province, Mozambique (16°17’10.1’’ S, 36°24’ 02.2’’ E, ca. 967 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: PEM R18055, adult male.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. The new species can be distinguished from N. mlanjensis by its lateral body scalation that comprises often abutting, squarish, non-tubercular body scales (lateral body scales conical, subcircular, and usually separated by granules in N. mlanjensis, Fig. 2E); by generally having a higher number of labials, particularly on the upper lip (Fig. 2, Table 2); in having generally smooth scales on the crown of the head (Fig. 2) with a reduced parietal crest (cranial scales rugose and with well- developed parietal crest in N. mlanjensis); by having a simple hemipenis with reduced apical ornamentation (a pair of large apical papillate lobes present in N. mlanjensis, Fig. 3.), and by monophyly with high support using two mitochondrial and one nuclear marker. Male body colouration may also differ, although this requires confirmation with additional material [from BRANCH & TOLLEY 2010].|
|Etymology||The patronym honours the outstanding contributions of Dr Julian Bayliss, field organiser of recent surveys undertaken under the auspices of the Darwin Initiative to montane isolates in central Mozambique, and which have considerably increased our knowledge of the regional herpetofauna.|