Calotes jerdoni GÜNTHER, 1870
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|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Jerdon's Forest Lizard|
|Synonym||Calotes jerdonii GÜNTHER 1870: 778|
Calotes maria GRAY 1845 (part., fide SMITH 1935)
Calotes platyceps JERDON 1870 (not of BLYTH)
Calotes jerdonii — BOULENGER 1885: 323
Calotes yunnanensis ANNANDALE 1905: 87
Calotes jerdoni — SMITH 1935: 194
Calotes jerdoni — WERMUTH 1967: 38
Calotes jerdoni — MANTHEY & SCHUSTER 1999: 37
|Distribution||India (Khasi Hills in Assam & Shillong, Mizoram), Burma (= Myanmar), Bhutan, China (Yunnan).|
Type locality: “Affghanistan and Khassia Hill” (fide WERMUTH 1967).
|Types||Syntypes: BMNH 19188.8.131.52-58, ZMB 8448|
|Diagnosis||Description: “Differs from C. maria in the following characters: Parallel ridges above the tympanum not spinous, the lower one longer, starting from just behind the eye, separated from the tympanum by two or three scales only; 45 to 57 scales round the body; gular scales larger, much larger than the ventrals; an oblique curved fold covered with small granular scales in front of the shoulder. Nuchal crest less strongly developed; the hind limb reaches to the eye or not quite so far” (Smith 1935: 194).|
Coloration: “Green above with llght markings (yellow, orange, or brown in life. A light dark-edged dorsolateral stripe sometimes (apparent?), or light vertical bars; light spots upon the limbs at the elbow, knee, and ankle; tail above sometimes with dark spots upon a light ground; sometimes small golden spots on the lower parts of the flanks and belly; dark streaks radiating from the eye; fold in front of the shoulder blackish” (Smith 1935: 195).
Ontogenetic change: “Two hatchlings obtained by Wall at Maymyo, Burma, are handsomely decorated with pale green black-edged bars upon the top of the head and back” (Smith 1935: 194).
|Comment||Synonymy partly after WERMUTH 1967. According to KÄSTLE et al. (in SCHLEICH & KÄSTLE 2002: 93), Calotes jerdoni was listed erroneously from Tibet (figure G on plate 23 in ZHAO & ADLER 1993 shows Oriotiaris tricarinata but not Calotes jerdoni as the figure caption says), but has been reported from Yunnan (Zhao et al, 1999; Yang and Rao, 2008).|
|Etymology||Named after Thomas Claverhill Jerdon (1811-1872), British physician, zoologist, and botanist who became an Assistant Surgeon in the East India Company.|
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