Calotes bachae HARTMANN, GEISSLER, POYARKOV, IHLOW, GALOYAN, RÖDDER & BÖHME, 2013
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Calotes bachae?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Calotes bachae HARTMANN, GEISSLER, POYARKOV, IHLOW, GALOYAN, RÖDDER & BÖHME 2013|
|Distribution||S Vietnam (Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc), Cambodia|
Type locality: Vietnam, Dong Nai Province, Cat Tien National Park (11°38'04'' N 107°27'24'' E), 104 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: ZFMK 88935, an adult male (Fig. 4A), collected 10 May 2009 by PG. Paratypes: An adult female (IEBR A.2012.23; Fig. 4B) and a juvenile (ZFMK 88937; Fig. 4E), same data as holotype (except collection dates: 20 April 2009 (IEBR A.2012.23) and 14 June 2009 (ZFMK 88937)) by PG. Two adult males (ZMMU NAP-02910-911; Fig. 4D) from Phuoc Hoa environs, Bu Gia Map National Park, Dak Ka River valley, Bu Gia Map commune, Bu Gia Map District, Binh Phuoc Province, southern Vietnam (12°19.6’ N, 107°25.2’ E; ca. 400 m above sea level), collected on 26 May 2011 by NAP. Two adult females (ZMMU NAP- 01509, 01512) from Ma Da forestry, Dong Nai Nature Reserve (former Vinh Cuu Nature Reserve), Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam, 80 m elevation, collected 12.06.2011 by NAP.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A medium-sized Calotes with a maximum SVL of 97 mm, distinguished from all congeners by the combination of the following characters: 1) head and body robust; 2) body scales relatively small, homogeneous, feebly keeled, arranged in regular rows; 3) upper dorsolateral scales pointing backwards and upwards; 4) 44–50 midbody scale rows; 5) two short and well separated spines, surrounded by three to four scales on either side of the upper head above tympanum; 6) nuchal and dorsal crest continuous, composed of erect compressed scales, directed posteriorly; 7) vertebral spines and scales 35–42 in males and 43–46 in females; 8) oblique fold of skin in front of forelimb insertion dinstict, covered with small granular dark scales; 9) extremities and tail relatively long and slender (see comparison with C. mystaceus for details); 10) bluish to turquoise head and anterior body part, this coloration not well exceeding front limb insertion; 11) yellowish light stripe at upper lip reaching from below anterior corner of eye to posterior end of head; 12) very faint or no dorsal brownish blotches, medially extending across the vertebral crest.|
See also Wagner et al. 2021 for comparisons.
|Comment||Illustration: Iguana 27 (2): 10 (2014).|
Behavior: diurnal, semiarboreal
|Etymology||Named after Rike Bach (Bonn), in gratitude for supporting the second author (PG) during several fieldtrips in Indochina.|
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