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Pseudocalotes austeniana (ANNANDALE, 1908)

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesAbor Hills agama 
SynonymSalea austeniana ANNANDALE 1908
Salea horsfieldi ANNANDALE 1905 (not of GRAY; fide SMITH 1935)
Mictopholis austeniana — SMITH 1935: 165
Mictopholis austeniana — WERMUTH 1967: 72
Mictopholis austeniana — MANTHEY & SCHUSTER 1999: 84
Pseudocalotes austeniana — MAHONY 2010
Mictopholis austeniana — MANTHEY 2010: 111
Mictopholis austeniana — LENZ 2012 
DistributionIndia (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh), Bhutan

Type locality: Hills near Harmatti (= Dafla Hills, Assam, fide SMITH 1935).  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: ZSI 3976 
Diagnosis 
Commentknown only from a few specimens.

Type species: Salea austeniana ANNANDALE 1908 is the type species of the genus Mictopholis SMITH 1935. Smith (1935a) created the monotypic genus Mictopholis defining the genus as follows “Body compressed; dorsal scales very unequal, irregular; ventral scales unequal; a nuchal crest and ? a dorsal crest; a strong fold in front of the shoulder; a gular sac; tympanum exposed. No preanal or femoral pores.” Although a common practice at that time, the definition for his genus was insufficient at diagnosing Mictopholis from members of some other agamid genera [cited after MAHONY 2010]. 
EtymologyMictopholis from Greek, meaning “mixed scales”; species after Lieutenant Colonel Henry Haversham Godwin-Austen (1834-1923), a speleologist. 
References
  • Annandale, N. 1908. Description of a new Species of Lizard of the Genus Salea from Assam. Records of the Indian Museum 2: 97 (37-38?) - get paper here
  • Athreya, R. 2006. Eaglenest Biodiversity Project (2003 – 2006): Conservation resources for Eaglenest wildlife sanctuary. Kaati Trust, Pune, 196 pp. - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Das, A. & Das, I. 2007. Rediscovery of Mictopholis austeniana (Annandale, 1908) (Squamata: Agamidae). Current Herpetology 26 (1): 45-47 - get paper here
  • Lenz, Norbert 2012. Von Schmetterlingen und Donnerdrachen - Natur und Kultur in Bhutan. Karlsruher Naturhefte 4, Naturkundemuseum Karlsruhe, 124 pp.
  • MAHONY, STEPHEN 2010. Systematic and taxomonic revaluation of four little known Asian agamid species, Calotes kingdonwardi Smith, 1935, Japalura kaulbacki Smith, 1937, Salea kakhienensis Anderson, 1879 and the monotypic genus Mictopholis Smith, 1935 (Reptilia: Agamidae). Zootaxa 2514: 1–23 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Waltner, R.C. 1975. Geographical and altitudinal distribution of amphibians and reptiles in the Himalayas. Cheetal (Dehra Dun, India) 16(1): 17-25; 16(2): 28-36; 16(3): 14-19; 16(4): 12-17.
 
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