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Diploderma brevicauda (MANTHEY, DENZER, HOU & WANG, 2012)

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesChinese: 短尾龙蜥 
SynonymJapalura brevicauda MANTHEY, DENZER, HOU & WANG 2012
Japalura flaviceps BARBOUR & DUNN 1919: 16 (part.)
Japalura yunnanensis WERNER 1924: 41 (part.)
Diploderma brevicaudum — WANG et al. 2018
Diploderma brevicaudum — WANG et al. 2021 
DistributionChina (NW Yunnan)

Type locality: Snow Mt. Village, 2740 m (ca. 27°05’N, 100°11’E), 19 km north of Lijiang, Northwestern Yunnan, PR China  
TypesHolotype: AMNH 19879 (male, paratype of J. flaviceps), collected by R. C. Andrews and Edmund Heller, November 1916.
Paratypes. ZMB 28932 (female), eastern slopes of the Yulong Snow Mountains, near Lijiang (ca. 26°53’N, 100°11’E, > 2500 m asl.), collected by Camillo Schneider some time between July and October 1914; AMNH 19878 (female, paratype of J. flaviceps), temple on a mountain (2590 m) overlooking Lijiang, collected by R. C. Andrews and Edmund Heller on 11th October 1916; NMW 20853 (juv.), Lijiang collected by Heinrich Freiherr von Handel-Mazzetti, June 1915. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Medium sized, short-tailed Japalura species with short and robust limbs, that differs from all other species of this genus by the following combination of characters: SVL up to 64 mm, ratio TL/SVL ≤ 150%; ratio FLL/SVL ≤ 39.5%; T4S 16–20; 34–38 MD, tympanum concealed, transverse gular fold present.
CommentSynonymy: partly after MANTHEY et al. 2012. 
EtymologyThe name brevicauda (Lat. brevis = short, cauda = tail) means short tailed reflecting this morphological feature of the new species. The name brevicauda is neuter already, hence there is no need to call it brevicaudum. 
  • 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
  • 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; 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
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