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Japalura dasi (SHAH & KÄSTLE, 2002)

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Agaupani mountain lizard, Agaupani forest agama
G: Agaupani Bergwaldagame
Nepali: Agaupani jangali chheparo, hariyo chheparo 
SynonymOriotiaris dasi SHAH & KÄSTLE in SCHLEICH & KÄSTLE 2002
Japalura dasi — MAHONY 2009
Oriotiaris dasi — KÄSTLE et al. 2013: 425
Japalura dasi — WANG et al. 2018 

Type locality: “in and near Agaupani, Bajhura District, Far Western Nepal”, 29° 26’ 54’’ N, 81° 36’ 11’’ E.  
TypesHolotype: ZSM 855/2012 (originally SHHS 2001/11, Fuhlrott-Museum Wuppertal); paratypes: Fuhlrott Museum, Wuppertal, Natural History Museum Kathmandu. Paratypes: ZSM 856/2012 (SHHS 2001/12), female; ZSM 857/2012 (SHHS 2001/13), female; both with the same data as the holotype. 
DiagnosisDefinition of Oriotaris: “Tympanum naked. Back and sides covered with very small scales, between which larger keeled ones are scattered; a tubercle behind the superciliary edge. Dorsal crest very low, fonned by a series of larger, keeled, not prominent scales. Gular sac none. Tail not compressed, with keeled scales below, which are almost as broad as long.” (GÜNTHER 1864: 150) 
CommentThe genus Oriotiaris has been established by GÜNTHER 1864 but later synonymized with Japalura. See also Japalura tricarinata (BLYTH 1853).

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after Indian herpetologist Indraneil Das in recognition of his “outstanding merits for the exploration of the South Asian herpetofauna, and in gratefulness for many years of friendship and collaboration”. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - 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
  • Kästle , W., Rai, K. & Schleich, H.H. 2013. FIELD GUIDE to Amphibians and Reptiles of Nepal. ARCO-Nepal e.V., 625 pp. - get paper here
  • Mahony, Stephen 2009. A new species of Japalura (Reptilia: Agamidae) from northeast India with a discussion of the similar species Japalura sagittifera Smith, 1940 and Japalura planidorsata Jerdon, 1870. Zootaxa 2212: 41–61 - get paper here
  • Manthey U 2010. Agamid Lizards of Southern Asia. Draconinae 2 -Leiolepidinae. Edition Chimaira, Terralog 7b, Frankfurt, 168 pp.
  • 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
  • Schleich, H.H. & Kästle, W. 2002. Amphibians and Reptiles of Nepal. Koeltz, Königstein, 1200 pp. [review in Reptilia 40: 87] - 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
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