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Leiolepis guentherpetersi DAREVSKY & KUPRIYANOVA, 1993

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Leiolepididae or Leiolepidinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Peters’ Butterfly Lizard
G: Peters’ Schmetterlingsagame 
SynonymLeiolepis guentherpetersi DAREVSKY & KUPRIYANOVA 1993
Leiolepis guentherpetersi — MALYSHEVA et al. 2006
Leiolepis guentherpetersi — GRISMER et al. 2014 
DistributionC Vietnam (Binhtrithien, Quangnam-Danang)

Type locality: Thuy Phu, 17 km SE of Hue, Binhtrithien Province, central Vietnam.  
Reproductionviviparous. Triploid, parthenogenetic species. The parental origins are northern L. guttata (M) × extinct or unsampled population of L. reevesii (P) which hybridized once to create diploid ancestor; Diploid ancestor × L. reevesii (P) (GRISMER et al. 2014). 
TypesHolotype: ZISP 20326 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Large unisexual triploid (3n = 54) species. Different from all other Leiolepis species by the following combination of characters: Snout-vent length up to 156 mm; rostral 3-3,5 times as wide as high; 17-20 ventral scales between the median line of the belly and the small dorsal scales; 14-18 enlarged scales across the lower part of the tibia; fourth toe with 40-43 subdigital scales; femoral pores 21-23; 38-43 scales between the light dorsolateral stripes; median dorsal stripe absent; transverse stripes formed by rows of 4-5 light oval spots produce a characteristic reticulum between dorsolateral stripes (Darevsky & Kupriyanova 1993). 
Etymologynamed after Günther Peters, German herpetologist. 
  • Bobrov V.V., Semenov D.V. 2008. Lizards of Vietnam [in Russian]. Moscow, 236 pp.
  • Darevsky I S; Kupriyanova L A 1993. Two new all-female lizard species of the genus Leiolepis Cuvier, 1829 from Thailand and Vietnam (Squamata: Sauria: Uromastycinae). Herpetozoa 6 (1-2): 3-20 - get paper here
  • Grismer, J.L. & Grismer, L.L. 2010. Who’s your mommy? Identifying maternal ancestors of asexual species of Leiolepis Cuvier, 1829 and the description of a new endemic species of asexual Leiolepis Cuvier, 1829 from Southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 2433: 47–61 - get paper here
  • Grismer, Jesse L.; Aaron M. Bauer, L. Lee Grismer, Kumthorn Thirakhupt, Anchelee Aowphol, Jamie R. Oaks, Perry L. Wood Jr, Chan Kin Onn, Neang Thy, Micheal Cota and Todd Jackman 2014. Multiple origins of parthenogenesis, and a revised species phylogeny for the Southeast Asian butterfly lizards, Leiolepis. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 113 (4): 1080–1093 - get paper here
  • Macey, J. R., J. A. Schulte II, A. Larson, N. B. Ananjeva, Y. Wang, R. Pethiyagoda, N. Rastegar-Pouyani, T. J. Papenfuss 2000. Evaluating trans-Tethys migration: an example using acrodont lizard phylogenetics. Systematic Biology 49 (2): 233-256 - get paper here
  • Malysheva DN, Darevskii IS, Tokarskaia ON, Petrosian VG, Martirosian IA, Ryskov AP 2006. [Analysis of genetic variation in unisexual and bisexual lizard species of the genus Leiolepis from Southeast Asia] [in Russian]. Genetika 42(5): 581-6
  • Manthey U 2010. Agamid Lizards of Southern Asia. Draconinae 2 -Leiolepidinae. Edition Chimaira, Terralog 7b, Frankfurt, 168 pp.
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • SCHMITZ, A., VENCES, M., WEITKUS, S., ZIEGLER, T. & W. BÖHME 2001. Recent maternal divergence of the parthenogenetic lizard Leiolepis guentherpetersi from L. guttata: molecular evidence (Reptilia: Squamata: Agamidae). Zoologische Abhandlungen, Staatliches Museum für Tierkunde, Dresden 51(2): 355-360
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