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Laudakia papenfussi ZHAO, 1998

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Agaminae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Papenfuss’ Rock Agama
Chinese: 西藏岩蜥 
SynonymLaudakia papenfussi ZHAO 1998
Laudakia papenfussi — BAIG et al. 2012: 249 
DistributionChina (Xizang = Tibet)

Type locality: Mayang River Valley between Mayang Village and Diya Village, Zanda Co., Xizang Autonomous Region; 3300 m elevation. Only known from the type locality.  
TypesHolotype: CIB (= Chengdu Institute of Biology) 775001, Male; Coll. R. Z. Zhang; 7. 1. 1976. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. This species is very similar in morphology to Laudakia tuberculata, with the latter differing from this species in the nostril being situated in the enlarged portion of the pear-shaped nasal, directed outwards; having two supranasals; having the superciliary ridge well developed, with a sharp free margin which is slightly everted upwards; and dorsum and flanks are scattered with many orange-yellow, round spots, there is a large conic scale correspondending to each spot or one large conic scale sourrounded by a circlet of small scales [BAIG et al. 2012]. 
CommentAbundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Theodore Johnstone Papenfuss (b. 1941), a Research Specialist in herpetology, University of California, Berkeley. 
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  • Baig, Khalid Javed; Philipp Wagner, Natalia B. Ananjeva & Wolfgang Böhme 2012. A morphology-based taxonomic revision of Laudakia Gray, 1845 (Squamata: Agamidae). Vertebrate Zoology 62 (2): 213-260 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
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  • 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
  • Wang, Kai; Jinlong Ren, Hongman Chen, Zhitong Lyu, Xianguang Guo Ke Jiang, Jinmin Chen, Jiatang Li, Peng Guo, Yingyong Wang, Jing Che 2020. The updated checklists of amphibians and reptiles of China. Biodiversity Science 28 (2): 189-218 - get paper here
  • Zhao, E. M. 1998. Description of a new species of the genus Laudakia from Xizang (Tibet) (Sauria: Agamidae). Zoological Research 19 (5): 401-404
  • ZOU, Dahu; Fang YAN, Ke JIANG, Jing CHE, Robert W. MURPHY, Theodore J. PAPENFUSS, Shuangquan DUAN and Song HUANG 2016. Discovery of Female Laudakia papenfussi Zhao, 1998, with Insights into its Phylogenetic Relationships. Asian Herpetological Research 7 (2): 122-130, DOI:10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.150047 - get paper here
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