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Oriocalotes paulus (SMITH, 1935)

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesSmall Forest Lizard 
SynonymCalotes minor GRAY 1845: 244
Oriocalotes minor GÜNTHER 1864: 147
Acanthosaura minor — BOULENGER 1885: 304
Acanthosaura minor — BOULENGER 1890
Oriocalotes paulus SMITH 1935: 166 (nom. nov.)
Oriocalotes paulus — WERMUTH 1967: 73
Oriocalotes paulus — MANTHEY & SCHUSTER 1999: 86
Oriocalotes paulus — ANANJEVA 2011 
DistributionIndia (E Himalaya, Khasi Hills, Sikkim ?), China (Xizang = Tibet)

Type locality: Khasi Hills, Sikkim (?)  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesTypes: BMNH 1946.8.11.27-29 (and possibly additional specimens). 
Diagnosis 
CommentSynonymy: See SMITH 1935: 226 for reasons of name change. The name Calotes minor appears to be based on a misinterpretation of Agama minor HARDWICKE & GRAY 1827, hence SMITH’s name is the first legitimate name for the species (fide WERMUTH 1967).

Distribution: possibly in Bhutan (Lenz 2012).

Type species: Oriocalotes paulus SMITH 1935 is the type species of the genus Oriocalotes GÜNTHER 1864.

Schleich and Kästle (1998) revalidated the genus Oriocalotes Günther, 1864 and combined all species with a visible tympanum e.g. tricarinata in this genus, while placing species with a hidden tympanum, e.g. variegata into the genus Japalura (fide Ananjeva et al. 2017). 
Etymology 
References
  • ANANJEVA, Natalia B.; Nikolay L. ORLOV and Tao Thien NGUYEN 2017. A New Species of Japalura (Agamidae: Lacertilia: Reptilia) from Central Highland, Vietnam Asian Herpetological Research 8 (1): 14–21 - 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
  • Gray, J. E. 1845. Catalogue of the specimens of lizards in the collection of the British Museum. Trustees of die British Museum/Edward Newman, London: xxvii + 289 pp. - get paper here
  • Günther, A. 1864. The Reptiles of British India. London (Taylor & Francis), xxvii + 452 pp. - get paper here
  • Kästle, W.; Schleich, H.H. 1998. Notes on Comparative Ethology and Taxonomy of the Genus Japalura. In: Contributions to the herpetology of south-Asia (Nepal, India). pp: 223-246. H. H. Schleich & W. Kästle (Eds). Fuhlrott-Museum, Wuppertal.
  • Lenz, Norbert 2012. Von Schmetterlingen und Donnerdrachen - Natur und Kultur in Bhutan. Karlsruher Naturhefte 4, Naturkundemuseum Karlsruhe, 124 pp.
  • Manthey U 2010. Agamid Lizards of Southern Asia. Draconinae 2 -Leiolepidinae. Terralog 7b, Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 168 pp.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Zhao,E. & Adler,K. 1993. Herpetology of China. SSAR, Oxford/Ohio, 1-522
 
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