Hypsilurus auritus (MEYER, 1874)
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|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Gonyocephalus (Hypsilurus) auritus MEYER 1874: 130|
Gonyocephalus (Arua) auritus — PETERS & DORIA 1878: 382
Gonyocephalus auritus — BOULENGER 1885: 295
Gonyocephalus auritus — DE ROOIJ 1915: 115
Goniocephalus auritus — LOVERIDGE 1948: 316
Gonocephalus auritus — WERMUTH 1967: 56
Hypsilurus auritus — BARTS & WILMS 2003
|Distribution||New Guinea, West Papua Province, Indonesia: Yapen, Misol (ZSM), Salawatti and Batanta Islands as well as mainly coastal areas of the main island; Papua New Guinea: Bogadjim in Astrolabe Bay, Madang Province; Eastern and Western Highlands (MCZ) and Chimbu Province (MCZ); West Sepik Province (BPBM).|
Type locality: Ansur, Jobi (Yapen), Neu-Guinea.
|Types||Holotype: ZMB 8782|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Medium–sized slender, long–tailed species with homogeneous dorsal scalation and continuous or discontinuous vertebral crest. Sides of the neck with a large oval dark marking bordered by enlarged scales; no additional enlarged scales below the tympanum; no row of enlarged submaxillaries; upper part of the anterior edge of the gular pouch with or without enlarged scales.H. auritus differs from geelvinkianus, bruijnii, modestus and nigrigularis by the presence of a dark spot on either side of the neck (vs. absent); additionally from geelvinkianus by a well developed dorsal crest (vs. rudimentary); modestus and bruijnii by a large gular pouch with acute base on the chest (vs. small with rounded base near the clavicular region) additionally from modestus by narrowly spaced scales on the nuchal crest (vs. widely separated) and the presence of a dorsal crest (vs. absent), from bruijnii by the absence of a row of enlarged submaxillaries (vs. present) and from nigrigularis by small homogeneous, nearly granular anterior scales on the gular pouch (vs. larger, slightly heterogeneous elongated and broader scales); boydii, spinipes and dilophus by a homogeneous dorsal scalation and a longer tail, TL/SVL > 2.8 (vs. < 2.3); all other species by the absence of a row of enlarged submaxillaries (vs. present) (Manthey & Denzer 2006: 7).|
|Etymology||Apparently named after the large tympanum or ear opening, from Latin auris = ear.|
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