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

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesChinese: 玉龙龙蜥 
SynonymJapalura yulongensis MANTHEY, DENZER, HOU & WANG 2012
Japalura flaviceps POPE 1935: 467 (part.)
Japalura yulongensis — WANG et al. 2017
Diploderma yulongense — WANG et al. 2018 
DistributionChina (NW Yunnan), only known from the type locality.

Type locality: Ulukay Village, eastern slopes of the Yulong Snow Mountains, near Lijiang (ca. 26°53’N, 100°11’E, > 2500 m elevation), northwestern Yunnan, PR China  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 76395 (formerly ZMB 28932 part (adult male), collected by Camillo Schneider some time between July and October 1914. Paratypes. ZMB 76396–76399 (formerly ZMB 28932 part), adult males, ZMB 76400, 76401 (formerly ZMB 28932 part), adult females, same collection data as holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Medium sized Japalura species differing from all other species of this genus by the following combination of characters: SVL up to 60 mm, ratio TL/SVL 223–230%, 35–42 MD, tympanum covered with scales, transverse gular fold present, males with a dark gular spot. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe name is derived from the type locality Yulong Snow Mountains, PR China. 
  • 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
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - 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
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