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Otocryptis nigristigma BAHIR & SILVA, 2005

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymOtocryptis nigristigma BAHIR & SILVA 2005
Otocryptis wiegmanni TAYLOR 1953: 1556 (not WAGLER 1830)
Otocryptis nigristigma — JANZEN et al. 2007
Otocryptis nigristigma — JANZEN 2022 
DistributionSri Lanka

Type locality: Ritigala, 08°07’N, 80°40’E, elevation 200 m.  
TypesHolotype: NMSL (= WHT) 6176 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Otocryptis nigristigma is distinguished from O. wiegmanni by having a black patch on the male dewlap in life; medial side of inner lobe and lateral side of outer lobe of hemipenis each with 12 flounces, the distal 7 flounces enlarged; and a shorter fifth toe (14.3–16.0% of head length in males, 14.6–18.5 in females), vs. a maroon patch on male dewlap in life; medial side of inner lobe and lateral side of outer lobe of hemipenis each with 10 flounces, the distal 3 flounces enlarged; and fifth toe longer (19.2–22.2% of head length in males, 20.1–24.5 in females) in O. wiegmanni. Srikanthan et al. 2021 state that the 5th toe is 14.3-18.5% of head length. 
CommentCommon in Sri Lanka (BAHIR & SURASINGHE 2005).

Distribution: For a map see Srikanthan et al. 2021: 213 (Fig. 2). 
EtymologyNamed after the black patch on the dewlap of adult males: Latin, nigra = black, stigma = mark, spot; applied here as a noun in apposition. 
  • Bahir, M.M. & A. Silva 2005. Otocryptis nigristigma, a new species of agamid lizard from Sri Lanka. Raffles Bull. Zool., Suppl. No. 12: 393-406 - get paper here
  • Bahir, M.M. & Gabadage, D.E. 2009. Taxonomic and scientific inaccuracies in a consultancy report on biodiversity: a cautionary note. Journal of Threatened Taxa 1 (6): 317-322 - get paper here
  • Bahir, M.M. & T. Surasinghe 2005. A conservation assessment of the Sri Lankan Agamidae (Reptilia: Sauria). Raffles Bull. Zool., Suppl. No. 12: 407-412 - get paper here
  • Janzen, P.; Klaas, P. & Ziesmann, S. 2007. Die Agamen der Insel [Sri Lanka]. Draco 7 (30): 24-33 - get paper here
  • Janzen, Peter 2022. Otocryptis nigristigma in der Trockenzone Sri Lankas [Otocryptis nigristigma in the dry zone of Sri Lanka] Sauria 44 (4): 64-68
  • Karunarathna, Suranjan D. M. S. and A. A. Thasun Amarasinghe 2011. A PRELIMINARY SURVEY OF THE REPTILE FAUNA IN NILGALA FOREST AND ITS VICINITY, MONARAGALA DISTRICT, SRI LANKA. Taprobanica 3 (2): 69-76 - get paper here
  • Mandawala, Dayupathi Eranda Nipunika; Panadura Arachchige Don Mokshi Viragi Perera 2023. Mating behavior of Otocryptis nigristigma (Bahir and Silva, 2005) (Reptilia: Agamidae), in Sri Lanka. Reptiles & Amphibians 30 (1): e17906 - get paper here
  • Manthey U 2010. Agamid Lizards of Southern Asia. Draconinae 2 -Leiolepidinae. Edition Chimaira, Terralog 7b, Frankfurt, 168 pp.
  • Somaweera, R. & Somaweera, N. 2009. Lizards of Sri Lanka: a colour guide with field keys. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 304 pp.
  • SRIKANTHAN, A. N., ADHIKARI, O. D., GANESH, S. R., DEUTI, K., DAS, K., KULKARNI, V. M., ... & SHANKER, K. 2021. A molecular and morphological study of Otocryptis Wagler, 1830 (Squamata: Agamidae) reveals a new genus from the far south of the Western Ghats, Peninsular India. Zootaxa 5016 (2): 205-228 - get paper here
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