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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Burmese Japalure
G: Burma-Bergwaldagame 
SynonymJapalura sagittifera SMITH 1940: 477
Japalura sagittifera — WERMUTH 1967: 68
Japalura sagittifera — BARTS & WILMS 2003
Japalura sagatiffera [sic] — MAHONY 2009
Japalura sagittifera — MANTHEY 2010
Japalura sagittifera — WANG et al. 2018 
DistributionMyanmar (= Burma), India (Arunachal Pradesh)

Type locality: Pangnamdim, Dadung, Upper Myanmar (= Burma)  
TypesLectotype: BMNH 1946.8.13.97 (designated by MAHONY 2009), formerly BMNH 1940.6.1.44 (male), type locality: “Pangnamdim, Triangle, Upper Burma”, presented and collected by Ronald Kaulback, between 1937 and 1939. Paralectotypes: NHMUK 1946.8.13.96 (formerly NHMUK 1940.6.1.43), female; NHMUK 1946.8.14.92–99 (formerly NHMUK 1940.6.1.45–50) and NHMUK 1946.8.13.1–2 (formerly NHMUK 1940.6.3.34–49), five males and 5 females, same data as lectotype; NHMUK 1974.844–845, Pangnamdin, 27°42’N 97°54’E (3,000 ft), N. Burma, Putao, Kachin, Myanmar, don. R. Kaulback 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: This species differs from all species of the genus Japalura by the following combination of characters: small size (SVL males 50–53.3 mm, females 56.5–63.9 mm), tail length/SVL ratio 205.1–231.3%, 7–8 SL, 7–8 IL, 53–58 MD, 17–20 4FingLam, 25–27 4ToeLam, tympanum concealed, axillary fold present, nuchal crest, gular fold and gular pouch absent, enlarged keeled dorsal scales present, body shape subquadrangular in cross section, dorsal colouration of males is primarily blue (= green in life) [from MAHONY 2009]. 
  • Barts, M. & Wilms, T. 2003. Die Agamen der Welt. Draco 4 (14): 4-23 - 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
  • KUNTE, K. & U. MANTHEY 2009. Wiederentdeckung von Japalura sagittifera (Sauria: Agamidae) in Arunachal Pradesh, Ost-Himalaya: Ein Erstnachweis für die indische Herpetofauna. Sauria 31 (2): 49-55 - 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.
  • 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
  • Smith, M.A. 1940. The Amphibians and Reptiles obtained by Mr. Ronald Kaulback in Upper Burma. Records of the Indian Museum 42: 465-486
  • Venugopal, P.D. 2010. An updated and annotated list of Indian lizards (Reptilia: Sauria) based on a review of distribution records and checklists of Indian reptiles. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2 (3): 725-738. - 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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