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Diploderma batangense (LI, DENG, WU & WANG, 2001)

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesChinese: 巴塘龙蜥 
SynonymJapalura batangensis LI, DENG, WU & WANG 2001
Japalura yunnanensis — VOGT 1924: 338 (part.)
Japalura flaviceps — VOGT 1924: 338 (part.)
Japalura flaviceps — POPE 1935: 467 (part.)
Japalura batangensis — WU, GAO & QIN 2005
Diploderma batangense — WANG et al. 2018 
DistributionChina (W Sichuan, Tibet)

Type locality: Wangjiao (29°17.6′N, 99°5.2′E), Batang Country, Sichuan, elevation 2,400 m.  
TypesHolotype: CWNU Ba-98012 (China West Normal University, Nanchong; was: STC, for Sichuan Teacher’s College, Nanchong), adult male; collected by Wu Yi on August 9,1998. Allotype: Ba-98004, adult female; Quxigong Village(29°46.1′N,99°3.8′E) Batang Country,Sichuan, alt.4 100 m collected by Wan Yu on July 29,1998. Paratypes: 3 males (Ba98010, Ba98014, Ba98017), and 3 females (Ba98015, Ba98016, Ba98018): collected from the same locality from 5-9 August, 1998. Type specimens are kept in the Institute of Rare Animals and Plants, Sichuan Teachers College. The holotype could not be found when checked in Dec 2018 (Cai Bo, pers. comm., 20 Dec 2018). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis:This new species resembles Japalura flaviceps Barbour and Dunn but differs from the latter in 1. A well developed lateral nuchal fold stretching between the shoulder and gular folds,and bordering a small cavity underneath the fold; 2. Seven to nine grayish white broken or complete transverse bands on dorsum; 3.Males with grayish white longitudinal stripe on both sides of the body; 4. Most of the enlarged keeled scales at the lateral sides of the body are white in color; 5. Tip of longest digit not reaching the tympanum when hind limbs are stretched forward [from LI et al. 2001]. 
CommentSynonymy: partly after MANTHEY et al. 2012. 
  • CALDERÓN-ESPINOSA, MARTHA LUCIA & GUIDO FABIAN MEDINA-RANGEL 2016. A new Lepidoblepharis lizard (Squamata: Sphaerodactylidae) from the Colombian Guyana shield. . Zootaxa 4067 (2): 215–232 - get paper here
  • DENZER, WOLFGANG; ULRICH MANTHEY, PATRICK D CAMPBELL 2019. Catalogue of type specimens of the agamid lizard genus Japalura s. l. (Squamata: Agamidae: Draconinae). Zootaxa 4612 (1): 109-125 - get paper here
  • LI, C., DENG, Q., WU, Y. & Y. WANG 2001. A New Species of Japalura From Sichuan (Agamidae Gray. Japalura). Journal of China West Normal University(Natural Science) 22 (4): 329–331/ JOURNAL OF SICHUAN TEACHERS COLLEGE 22 (4): 329-331 - get paper here
  • Manthey U 2010. Agamid Lizards of Southern Asia. Draconinae 2 -Leiolepidinae. Edition Chimaira, Terralog 7b, Frankfurt, 168 pp.
  • MANTHEY, ULRICH; WOLFGANG DENZER, HOU MIAN & WANG XIAOHE 2012. Discovered in historical collections: Two new Japalura species (Squamata: Sauria: Agamidae) from Yulong Snow Mountains, Lijiang Prefecture, Yunnan, PR China. Zootaxa 3200: 27–48 - get paper here
  • WANG, Kai; , Ke JIANG, Gang PAN, Mian HOU, Cameron D. SILER and Jing CHE 2015. A New Species of Japalura (Squamata: Sauria: Agamidae) from Upper Lancang (Mekong) Valley of Eastern Tibet, China. Asian Herpetological Research 6 (3): 159–168 - get paper here
  • Wang, Kai; Jing Che, Simin Lin, V Deepak, Datta-Roy Aniruddha, Ke Jiang, Jieqiong Jin, Hongman Chen, Cameron D Siler; 2018. Multilocus phylogeny and revised classification for mountain dragons of the genus Japalura s.l. (Reptilia: Agamidae: Draconinae) from Asia. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, , zly034, - get paper here
  • Wang, Kai; Jinlong Ren, Hongman Chen, Zhitong Lyu, Xianguang Guo Ke Jiang, Jinmin Chen, Jiatang Li, Peng Guo, Yingyong Wang, Jing Che 2020. The updated checklists of amphibians and reptiles of China. Biodiversity Science 28 (2): 189-218 - get paper here
  • WANG, KAI; JINLONG REN, KE JIANG, ZHIYONG YUAN, JING CHE, CAMERON D. SILER 2017. Rediscovery of the enigmatic Mountain Dragon, Japalura yulongensis (Reptilia: Sauria: Agamidae), with notes on its natural history and conservation. Zootaxa 4318 (2): 351–363 - get paper here
  • WANG, KAI; WEI GAO, JIAWEI WU, WENJIE DONG, XIAOGANG FENG, WENJING SHEN, JIEQIONG JIN, XIUDONG SHI, YIN QI, CAMERON D. SILER, JING CHE 2021. Two New Species of Diploderma Hallowell, 1861 (Reptilia: Squamata: Agamidae) from the Hengduan Mountain Region in China and Rediscovery of D. brevicaudum (Manthey, Wolfgang, Hou, Wang, 2012). Zootaxa 4941 (1): 001–032 - get paper here
  • Wu, Gao & Qin 2005. A re-description of Japalura batangensis. Sichuan Journal of Zoology 24 (3) - get paper here
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