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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymAcanthosaura nataliae ORLOV, TRUONG & SANG 2006
Acanthosaura nataliae — ANANJEVA et al. 2008
Acanthosaura nataliae — LIVIGNI 2013: 265 
DistributionC Vietnam, S Laos

Type locality: Tram Lap Village, 40 km northwest of Kannack Town, An Khe District, Gia Lai Province, Vietnam, 14°26’39’’ N, 108°32’97’’ E, 900 m elevation, Truong Son (Annamite) Mountains.  
TypesHolotype: ZISP 23430, adult male, May 1995, coll. Nikolai L. Orlov. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A. nataliae is distinguished from A. armata, A. coronata, A. crucigera, and A. lepidogaster by lacking a spine on the occiput between the tympanum and nuchal crest. The new species differs from coronata and lepidogaster by having a large crest and from armata, crucigera, and lepidogaster by lacking a dark marking on the nape. It most closely resembles A. capra, but differs from it by having large keeled scales intermixed with small scales on the lateral and dorsal surface of body (scales relatively uniform in capra). Strong difference in. coloration in live of adult males and females of compared specie's of genus Acanthosaura are described.
CommentSpecimens of this species have been previously considered as A. capra.

Distribution: see map in Bobrov 2015. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a matronym for Natalia Ananjeva (Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia) in recognition of her many contributions to the study of agamid lizards. For a short bio see Doronin & Syromyatnikova 2021. 
  • 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
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - 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.
  • Doronin, Igor V.; Elena V. Syromyatnikova 2021. To the Jubilee of the Editor-in-chief Prof. Natalia B. Ananjeva. Russian Journal of Herpetology 28 (1): 1-3 - 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, Hou M, Mo M, Rao D 2020. A new species of the genus Acanthosaura (Squamata, Agamidae) from Yunnan, China, with comments on its conservation status. ZooKeys 959: 113-135 - 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
  • LiVigni, F. (ed.) 2013. A Life for Reptiles and Amphibians, Volume 1. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 495 pp. - get paper here
  • Manthey U 2008. Agamid lizards of Southern Asia, Draconinae 1. Terralog 7, 160 pp.
  • Milto, Konstantin D.; Andrei V. Barabanov 2012. A Catalogue of the Agamid and Chamaeleonid Types in the Collection of the Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg. Russ. J. Herpetol. 19 (2): 155-170 - get paper here
  • Nguyen, Luan Thanh;Dang Trong Do,Ha Van Hoang,Thang Tai Nguyen,Timothy E. M. McCormack,Truong Quang Nguyen,Nikolai L. Orlov,Vu Dang Hoang Nguyen, Sang Ngoc Nguyen 2018. A New Species of the Genus Acanthosaura Gray, 1831 (Reptilia: Agamidae) from Central Vietnam. Russ. J. Herpetol. 25 (4): 259-274 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Orlov, Nikolai L., Quang Truong Nguyen and Van Sang Nguyen 2006. A new Acanthosaura allied to A. capra Günther, 1861 (Agamidae, Sauria) from central Vietnam and southern Laos. Russ. J. Herpetol. 13 (1):61-76.
  • 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
  • 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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