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Lophognathus maculilabris BOULENGER, 1883

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLophognathus maculilabris BOULENGER 1883: 226
Physignathus maculilabris — BOULENGER 1885: 398
Physignathus maculilabris — DE ROOIJ 1915: 132
Physignathus maculilabris — WERMUTH 1967: 94
Lophognathus maculilabris — BARTS & WILMS 2003
Lophognathus maculilabris — MELVILLE et al. 2011 
DistributionIndonesia (Timor Laut = Tanimbar Islands)

Type locality: Timor Laut Islands.  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.8.28.70-71 (formerly BMNH 1919.8.26.13-14) 
DiagnosisDescription: Snout obtuse, as long as the distance between the orbit and the posterior border of the ear. Nostril equally distant from the orbit and the tip of the snout. Head covered with very strongly keeled scales; gular scales strongly keeled. Body compressed, covered with small scales, the upper largest, strongly keeled, obliquely directed upwards; a small dorsal crest. Ven- tral scales strongly keeled, larger than the largest dorsals '). Tail slightly compressed, with a serrated ridge on the upper basal part. Limbs long; toes denticulated laterally (de Rooij 1915: 132).

Coloration: Olive above, with blackish transverse markings across the back, tail and limbs; head with two dark transverse bands, bordered with white, the first on the snout, the second on the supraocular region; a broad dark band from orbit to tympanum, bordered inferiorly by a light band, extending to above the fore limb; dark lines radiating from the eye; lips light, with blackish markings. Base of tail with oval blackish spots on each side, bordered with white. Lower parts whitish, dotted all over with blackish (de Rooij 1915: 132).

Size: Length of head and body 98 mm.; tail 290 mm (de Rooij 1915: 132) 
  • Barts, M. & Wilms, T. 2003. Die Agamen der Welt. Draco 4 (14): 4-23 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1883. Remarks on the lizards of the genus Lophognathus. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (5) 12: 225-226 - 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
  • 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
  • Melville, J.; E.G. Ritchie; S.N.J. Chapple, R.E. Glor, J.A. Schulte II 2011. Evolutionary origins and diversification of dragon lizards in Australia’s tropical savannas. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 58: 257–270 - get paper here
  • Werning, H. 2002. Wasseragamen und Segelechsen. Natur und Tier Verlag (Münster), 127 pp. [review in Sauria 26 (4): 17] - get paper here
  • Werning, H. 2004. Bibliographie der Gattungen Physignathus, Lophognathus und Hydrosaurus. Iguana Rundschreiben 17 (2): 18-31
  • Werning,H. 1995. Wasseragamen [water dragons]. Terrarien Bibliothek, Heselhaus & Schmidt Verlag, Münster [ISBN 3-9801853-9-7]
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