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Hypsilurus papuensis (MACLEAY, 1877)

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesHypsilurus papuensis papuensis (MACLEAY 1877)
Hypsilurus papuensis longicauda MANTHEY & DENZER 2006 
Common NamesE: Papua Forest Dragon
G: Papua-Winkelkopfagame 
SynonymTiaris papuensis MACLEAY 1877: 101
Gonyocephalus (Lophosteus) albertisii PETERS & DORIA 1878
Gonyocephalus papuensis BOULENGER 1885: 297
Gonyocephalus papuensis — BOULENGER 1887: 493
Gonyocephalus papuensis — DE ROOIJ 1915: 113
Hypsilurus papuensis — M OODY 1980: 300
Hypsilurus papuensis — BAUER et al. 1995: 53
Hypsilurus papuensis — MANTHEY & DENZER 2006

Hypsilurus papuensis longicauda MANTHEY & DENZER 2006
Hypsilurus papuensis longicauda — DENZER et al. 2018 
DistributionNew Guinea, Oceania (Ferguson Island, Trobriand Island)

Type locality: Hall Sound, Central Province, 8°49’S 146°36’E, Papua New Guinea.

Type locality: “costa della Nuova Guinea che sta in prossomità dell’Isola Yule” [= Central Province, Papua New Guinea] [G. (L.) albertisii PETERS & DORIA 1878].  
TypesHolotype: AMS R 31883 (formerly MAMU R335, MR833)
Holotype: ZMB 21387, adult male, paratypes adult females ZMB 16371 and 16372, all leg. Prof. Dr. Neuhauss; Sattelberg, Kaiser–Wilhelmsland [longicauda]
Syntypes: ZMB 9722, ZMB 9724-25, MSNG 29122, NMW [albertisii] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (papuensis): Large, robust, long–tailed species with homogeneous dorsal scalation and a discontinuous vertebral crest. An area of strongly enlarged scales below the tympanum, a row of enlarged submaxillaries present; anterior edge of the gular pouch without enlarged scales. Males with a high tail at base.
Similar to H. binotatus (with the exception of the basal part of the tail in males). H. papuensis differs from binotatus by a vertebral crest indented near the nape (vs. continuous), larger tympani T/E > 1.0 (vs. ≤ 1.0) as well as a strongly raised tail at the base present in males (vs. not raised); auritus, geelvinkianus, modestus, nigrigularis and bruijnii by the presence of strongly enlarged scales below the tympanum (vs. absent); all other species by the presence of a dark, above and behind brighter limited spot on either side of the neck (vs. absent); additionally from schultzewestrumi by smaller gulars, ≈ Ø tympanum (vs. some = ≥ Ø tympanum) and from boydii, spinipes and dilophus by a homogeneous dorsal scalation (vs. heterogeneous) and a longer tail TL/SVL > 2.9 (vs. < 2.3).

Diagnosis (longicauda): Large, robust, long-tailed and long-legged species (SVL of males up to 205, females up to 190 mm; TL/SVL usually > 3.6) with homogeneous dorsal scalation and a discontinuous vertebral crest. Strongly enlarged scales below the tympanum; a row of enlarged submaxillaries present; anterior edge of the gu¬lar pouch without enlarged scales.
The subspecies longicauda differs from the nominate form by an only moderately raised tail at its base in adult males (height of tail/width of tail < 1.7), decreasing in height slowly behind the first third of the tail [vs. strongly raised (height of tail/width of tail ≥ 1.97), decreasing abruptly], a longer tail TL/SVL > 3.6 (vs. ≤ 3.4) as well as longer legs HBL + FL > 0.831 (vs. < 0.81) and feet FL/SVL > 0.37 (vs. < 0.36). 
CommentApparently described from one of the types of Gonyocephalus albertisii (fide BOULENGER 1887) 
EtymologyNamed after its distribution in Papua New Guinea. 
  • Bauer, A.M.; Günther,R. & Klipfel,M. 1995. The herpetological contributions of Wilhelm C.H. Peters (1815-1883). SSAR Facsimile Reprints in Herpetology, 714 pp.
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1887. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) III. Lacertidae, Gerrhosauridae, Scincidae, Anelytropsidae, Dibamidae, Chamaeleontidae. London: 575 pp. - 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
  • Cogger,H.G. 1979. Type specimens of reptiles and amphibians in the Australian Museum. Rec. Austral. Mus. 32 (4): 163–210 - 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
  • DENZER, W., MANTHEY, U & VENTER, F. 2018. Erstnachweis der Langschwänzigen Papua-Winkelkopfagame (Hypsilurus papuensis longicauda Manthey & Denzer, 2006) in Südost-Neuguinea. Sauria 40 (3): 71-74 - get paper here
  • Gemel, R.; G. Gassner & S. Schweiger 2019. Katalog der Typen der Herpetologischen Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien – 2018. Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, B 121: 33–248
  • Macleay, W. 1877. The lizards of the Chevert Expedition. Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales 2: 60-69; 97-104 - get paper here
  • Manthey, U. & Denzer, W. 2006. A revision of the Melanesian-Australian angle head lizards of the genus Hypsilurus (Sauria: Agamidae: Amphibolurinae), with description of four new species and one new subspecies. Hamadryad 30 (1-2): 1 – 40
  • MANTHEY, U. & W. DENZER 2016. Melanesian anglehead lizards of the genus Hypsilurus Peters, 1867 – Part 1: Species from New Guinea. Sauria 38 (3): 11 - 36 - 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
  • Tallowin, Oliver J S; Shai Meiri, Stephen C Donnellan, Stephen J Richards, Christopher C Austin, Paul M Oliver, 2019. The other side of the Sahulian coin: biogeography and evolution of Melanesian forest dragons (Agamidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 129: 99-113. - get paper here
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