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Draco beccarii PETERS & DORIA, 1878

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymDraco Beccarii PETERS & DORIA 1878: 373
Draco beccarii — BOULENGER 1885: 264
Draco beccarii — DE ROOIJ 1915: 77
Draco lineatus beccarii — HENNIG 1936: 198
Draco lineatus beccarii — WERMUTH 1967: 49
Draco lineatus beccarii — MUSTERS 1983
Draco beccarii — MCGUIRE & KIEW 2001
Draco beccarii — MCGUIRE et al. 2007: 191 
DistributionIndonesia (E Sulawesi, Buton, Kabaena, Muna)

Type locality: Kandari, Insula Selebes [= Celebes]  
TypesLectotype: MSNG 9523 (Draco lineatus beccarii PETERS & DORIAE 1878); designated by Capocaccia 1961 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Draco beccarii can be distinguished from all other members of the D. lineatus group by the following combination of characteristics: (1) dorsal patagial coloration of males with one to three black distal blotches on an orange or yellow field, (2) male dewlap elongated and triangular, terminating in a point, (3) dewlap of males bright yellow or orange in coloration, (4) presence of a melanic interorbital spot in males, (5) presence of a melanic nuchal spot in males and females, (6) variable presence of a melanic postnuchal spot in males and females, (7) absence of white pigments in association with the variably present nuchal and postnuchal spots, (8) variable presence of melanic ‘eye spots’ (dark spots with associated white or pale pigments) on the supraorbital semicircles, (9) presence of a parietal lens, and (10) tympana at least partially covered with scales (usually completely covered) (McGuire et al. 2007).

See also description in De Rooij 1915: 77. 
CommentSynonymy: Draco walkeri BOULENGER 1891 has been resurrected from synonym with D. beccari and elevated to valid species status. 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Odoardo Beccari (I843-1920), an Italian botanist, who collected in Indonesia, Malaysia, New Guinea, and Ethiopia. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1891. Description of new oriental reptiles & batrachians. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (7) 6: 279-283 - get paper here
  • de Rooij, N. de 1915. The Reptiles of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. I. Lacertilia, Chelonia, Emydosauria. Leiden (E. J. Brill), xiv + 384 pp. - get paper here
  • Hennig, W. 1936. Revision der Gattung Draco (Agamidae). Temminckia, Leiden 1: 153-220
  • Koch, A. 2011. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Sulawesi: Underestimated Diversity in a Dynamic Environment. In: F.E. Zachos and J.C. Habel (eds.), Biodiversity Hotspots. Springer, Berlin, p. 383-404 - get paper here
  • Koch, A. 2012. Discovery, Diversity, and Distribution of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Sulawesi and its offshore islands. Edition Chimaira, 374 pp. [ISBN 978-3-89973-432-4] - get paper here
  • McGuire, Jimmy A. & Heang, Kiew Bong 2001. Phylogenetic systematics of Southeast Asian flying lizards (Iguania: Agamidae: Draco) as inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequence data. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 72: 203–229 - get paper here
  • MCGUIRE, JIMMY A.; RAFE M. BROWN, MUMPUNI, AWAL RIYANTO, AND NOVIAR ANDAYANI 2007. The flying lizards of the Draco lineatus group (Squamata: Iguania: Agamidae): A taxonomic revision with descriptions of two new species. Herpetological Monographs 21 (1): 180-213. - get paper here
  • Musters, C. J. M. 1983. Taxonomy of the genus Draco L. (Agamidae, Lacertilia, Reptilia). Zoologische Verhandelingen (199): 1-120 - get paper here
  • Peters, Wilhem Carl Hartwig and G. Doria. 1878. Catalogo dei retilli e dei batraci raccolti da O. Beccari, L. M. D'Alberts e A. A. Bruijn. nella sotto-regione Austro-Malese. Annali del Museo Civico de Storia Naturale di Genova. ser. 1, 13: 323-450 - get paper here
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