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Acanthosaura coronata GÜNTHER, 1861

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymAcanthosaura coronata GÜNTHER 1861: 187
Acanthosaura coronata GÜNTHER 1861: 266
Acanthosaura coronata — BOULENGER 1885: 303
Acanthosaura coronata — STUART et al. 2006
Acanthosaura coronata — BOBROV & SEMENOV 2008
Acanthosaura coronata — ANANJEVA et al. 2008 
DistributionS Vietnam (Lam Dong and Dong Nai), Cambodia

Type locality: Cambodia  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.8.13.81, BMNH 1946.8.13.82, BMNH 1946.8.13.83. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: The two species of the A. lepidogaster complex differ in the size of the diastema between crests, which is almost absent in A. coronata; this was indicated by Boulenger (1885), who accepted the validity of this species. In addition, the species differ in the length of the postorbital spines and the relative tail length (Tables 3, 4 in ANANJEVA et al. 2008). An important diagnostic character is the condition of the rostral scute: being undivided in A. lepidogaster and some other species of the genus, it is divided into two or three small scutes in A. coronata [from ANANJEVA et al. 2008].
CommentSynonymy: partly after Hallermann 2000; SMITH (1935) synonymized A. coronata with A. lepidogaster. However, STUART et al. (2006) and ANANJEVA et al. (2008) state that A. coronata should be removed from the synonymy of A lepidogaster because both species are morphologically distinct.

Sympatry: A. capra.

Distribution: see map in Bobrov 2015. 
  • Ananjeva, N.B.; N. L. Orlov and S. A. Kalyabina-Hauf 2008. Species of Acanthosaura Gray, 1831 (Agamidae: Sauria, Reptilia) of Vietnam: Results of molecular and morphological study. Biology Bulletin (MAIK Nauka) 35 (2): 178-186 - get paper here
  • Ananjeva, Natalia B.; Nikolai L. Orlov, Thien Tao Nguyen, Sergey A. Ryabov 2011. A New Species of Acanthosaura (Agamidae, Sauria) from Northwest Vietnam . Russ. J. Herpetol. 18 (3): 195-202 - get paper here
  • Bobrov V.V. 2015. Lizards (Reptilia, Sauria) from Vietnam in the herpetological collection of the Zoological Museum of Moscow University. 2. Genus Acanthosaura (Family Agamidae). Current Studies in Herpetology 15 (3/4): 146–152 - get paper here
  • Bobrov V.V., Semenov D.V. 2008. Lizards of Vietnam [in Russian]. Moscow, 236 pp.
  • 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
  • Geißler, P. 2012. Neues aus Indochina - die Amphibien und Reptilien des Cat-Tien-Nationalparks in Südvietnam. Terraria-Elaphe 2012 (5): 72-77 - get paper here
  • Günther, A. 1861. Second list of Siamese reptiles. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (3) 8: 266-268 - get paper here
  • Günther, A. 1861. Second list of Siamese reptiles. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1861: 187-189 - get paper here
  • Jestrzemski, Daniel; Stefan Schütz, Truong Quang Nguyen, Thomas Ziegler 2013. A survey of amphibians and reptiles in Chu Mom Ray National Park, Vietnam, with implications for herpetofaunal conservation. Asian Journal of Conservation Biology, 2 (2): 88–110 - get paper here
  • Liu S, Rao D 2019. A new species of the genus Acanthosaura from Yunnan, China (Squamata, Agamidae). ZooKeys 888: 105-132 - get paper here
  • Manthey U 2008. Agamid lizards of Southern Asia, Draconinae 1. Terralog 7, 160 pp.
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • NGUYEN, SANG NGOC; JIE-QIONG JIN, BA DINH VO, LUAN THANH NGUYEN, WEI-WEI ZHOU, JING CHE, ROBERT W. MURPHY, YA-PING ZHANG 2019. A new species of Acanthosaura Gray 1831 (Reptilia: Agamidae) from central Vietnam. Zootaxa 4612 (4): 555–565 - get paper here
  • PAUWELS, OLIVIER S. G.; MONTRI SUMONTHA, KIRATI KUNYA, AWAT NITIKUL, PHAMON SAMPHANTHAMIT, PERRY L. WOOD, JR. & LEE L. GRISMER 2015. Acanthosaura phuketensis (Squamata: Agamidae), a new long-horned tree agamid from southwestern Thailand. Zootaxa 4020 (3): 473–494 - 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.
  • Stuart, B.; Sok, K. & Neang, T. 2006. A collection of amphibians and reptiles from hilly Eastern Cambodia. Raffles Bull. Zool. 54 (1): 129-155 - get paper here
  • Stuart, B.L., Rowley, J.J.L., Neang, T., Emmett, D.A. & Sitha, Som 2010. Significant new records of amphibians and reptiles from Virachey National Park, northeastern Cambodia. Cambodian Journal of Natural History 2010(1): 38–47 - get paper here
  • WOOD JR., PERRY L.;JESSE L. GRISMER, L. LEE GRISMER, NORHAYATI AHMAD, & CHAN KIN ONN & AARON M. BAUER 2009. Two new montane species of Acanthosaura Gray, 1831 (Squamata: Agamidae) from Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa 2012: 28-46 - get paper here
  • Wood, P.L.; Grismer, L.L.; Grismer, J.L.; Neang, T.; Chav, T. & holden, J. 2010. A new cryptic species of Acanthosaura Gray, 1831 (Squamata: Agamidae) from Thailand and Cambodia. Zootaxa 2488: 22–38 - get paper here
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