Pseudocalotes viserion GRISMER, QUAH, WOOD, ANUAR, MUIN, DAVIS, MURDOCH, GRISMER, COTA & COBOS, 2016
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Pseudocalotes viserion?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Viserion’s False Garden Lizard|
|Synonym||Pseudocalotes viserion GRISMER, QUAH, WOOD, ANUAR, MUIN, DAVIS, MURDOCH, GRISMER, COTA & COBOS 2016|
|Distribution||Peninsular Malaysia (Pahang)|
Type locality: crossing the radar tower road at Ulu Kali at Genting Highlands, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia (03° 26.166 N 101° 47.021 E; 1754 m in elevation
|Reproduction||oviparous. The holotype was a gravid female that had just ovulated indicating that the reproductive season of this species extends through March.|
|Types||Holotype. LSUHC 12227, Adult female, collected on 26 March 2015 by Evan S. H. Quah at 1000 hrs.|
Paratype. Adult male LSUHC 12141 found dead on the radar tower road at Ulu Kali at Genting Highlands, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia (03° 26.12 N 101° 47.345 E; 1750 m in elevation) by L. Lee Grismer, Perry L. Wood, Jr., Hayden R. Davis, Matthew L. Murdoch, Brandon R. Burch, and Anthony J. Cobos.
|Comment||Habitat: The holotype (LSUHC 12227) was collected during mid-morning at 1000 hrs under broken cloud cover as it was crossing the radar tower road at Ulu Kali at Genting Highlands. The paratype (LSUHC 12141) was found freshly killed on the same road at 1500 hrs. This short stretch of road runs along the crest of Ulu Kali and winds through a mossy cloud forest between 1,700 and 1,800 m in elevation (Fig. 11 in Grismer et al. 2016).|
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||The specific epithet viserion refers to this species’ resemblance in form and color to the yellowish dragon, Viserion—one of three dragons born in the Dothraki Sea and commanded by Daenerys Targaryen—the Mother of Dragons—in George R. R. Martin’s fictional work Game of Thrones.|