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Calotes vindumbarbatus WAGNER, IHLOW, HARTMANN, FLECKS, SCHMITZ & BÖHME, 2021

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymCalotes vindumbarbatus WAGNER, IHLOW, HARTMANN, FLECKS, SCHMITZ & BÖHME 2021 
DistributionN Myanmar, China (W Yunnan)

Type locality: Myanmar, Kachin State, Myitkyina Township, Gat Shang Yang village [25.373421° N, 97.37475° E].
TypesHolotype: CAS 232388 (adult male, Fig. 9A-B, Clade C), collected by T.Z. Min on April 8th 2003.
Paratypes: CAS 232247 from Myanmar, Sagaing Division, Homalin Township, North of Swekawngaw [25.371694° N, 95.369028° E, 205 m.]; CAS 232387 from Myanmar, Kachin State: Myitkyina, Gat Shang Yang village; CAS 239206 from Myanmar, Sagaing Division, Hkanti District, Hkanti Township, Linpha village [25.803389° N, 95.528778° E, 155 m.]; CAS 232819 from Myanmar, Kachin State, Mohnyin Township, Hepu village [25.094528° N, 96.401833° E, 254 m.]; ZFMK 97990 (formerly CAS 232389) from Myanmar, Kachin State: Myitkyina, Gat Shang Yang village. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small Calotes species of the complex, males with a known maximum SVL of 77 mm, females with a SVL of 73 mm. Tail length short, up to 140 mm. It can be distinguished from the other species of the complex by the combination of the following characters: 1) head slender, not as distinct from the body as in other species of the complex; 2) body scales small and homogeneous, smooth, and arranged in regular rows around the body. 3) Upper dorsolateral scales pointing backwards; 4) body scales arranged in 50–54 rows around midbody; 5) 40–47 vertebral spines and scales in males, 44–48 in females; two short and well separated spines above the tympanum; 6) low nuchal and dorsal crest continuous to the midpoint between the limbs, composed of erect compressed scales, which are larger on the nuchal and smaller on the dorsal crest, gradually decreasing towards the end of the crest; 7) oblique skinfold in front of the fore limb; 8) extremities and tail long, but shorter than in C. mystaceus; 9) bluish head and chest; 10) whitish stripe from about the nostril, along the upper lip to about the insertion of the fore limb, posteriorly the whitish stripe is laterally intersected by a dark reticulate pattern across vertebrae; 11) brownish blotches missing.

Color in life (males): Brilliant coloration unknown (Fig. 9C). Head most probably blue, with a whitish stripe, less broad than in the other species of the C. mystaceus complex, from behind the nasal scale along the upper lips and the tympanum to the shoulders. Followed by one distinct and one or more indistinct lateral blotches of the same color. (Wagner et al. 2021).

For addiotional morphological data see Liu et al. 2022. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a patronym honoring Jens Vindum, retired staff of the California Academy of Sciences, in respect of his outstanding contributions to the herpetology of Myanmar and SE Asia. The patronym of his family name was used, in recognition of his impressive beard which has a direct link to “mystaceus” [Greek for bearded], together with the Latin word “barbatus” for bearded. 
  • Liu S, Zuo C, Yin F, Hui H, Rao D 2022. First record of Calotes vindumbarbatus Wagner, Ihlow, Hartmann, Flecks, Schmitz & Böhme, 2021 (Squamata: Agamidae) from China, with revised diagnosis of this species. Biodiversity Data Journal 10: e77963 - get paper here
  • Wagner, P., Ihlow, F., Hartmann, T., Flecks, M., Schmitz, A., & Böhme, W. 2021. Integrative approach to resolve the Calotes mystaceus Duméril & Bibron, 1837 species complex (Squamata: Agamidae). Bonn zoological Bulletin 70 (1): 141–171 - get paper here
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