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Lophosaurus boydii (MACLEAY, 1884)

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Boyd's Forest Dragon 
SynonymTiaris boydii MACLEAY 1884: 432
Gonyocephalus boydii — BOULENGER 1885: 297
Gonyocephalus boydii — OUDEMANS 1894
Goniocephalus boydii — ZWINENBERG 1974
Gonocephalus boydii — KAHL et al. 1980: 161
Gonocephalus boydii — COGGER 1983
Hypsilurus boydii — COGGER 2000: 337
Gonocephalus boydii — GREER 2006 (online)
Lophosaurus boydii — DENZER & MANTHEY 2016 
DistributionAustralia (NE Queensland)

Type locality: Ripple Creek district, Herbert River, Qld.  
TypesSyntypes: AMS (AM) R31884-5 
DiagnosisDiagnosis.– Medium–sized, short tailed species with heterogeneous dorsal scalation and a discontinuous vertebral crest. Several enlarged plates and large conical scales next to the tympanum; no row of enlarged submaxillaries; anterior edge of the gular pouch with enlarged, triangular scales.H. boydii differs from dilophus and spinipes by the presence of plates and conical scales below the tympanum; all other species by a heterogeneous dorsal scalation. 
CommentH. boydii was on the cover of Nature, 8 Jan 2004. 
EtymologyNamed after John Archibald Boyd (1846-1926), an English-born professional natural history collector who emigrated to Australia (1857) and worked for the Australian Museum. 
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  • 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
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Denzer, Wolfgang; Ulrich Manthey 2016. Remarks on the taxonomy and nomenclature of the genus Hypsilurus Peters, 1867 (Reptilia, Agamidae, Amphibolurinae). Zoosyst. Evol. 92 (1): 103–110; DOI: 10.3897/zse.92.7469 - get paper here
  • Greenbaum, E. 2000. Herpetofaunal observations in disparate habitats in south Sustralia, New South Wales, and queensland, Australia. Herpetological Bulletin (72): 6-16 - get paper here
  • Kahl B, Gaupp P & Schmidt G 1980. Das Terrarium. Falken Verlag, Niederhausen (Germany), 336 pp.
  • Macleay, W. 1884. Notes on some reptiles from the Herbert River, Queensland. Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales 8: 432-436 - get paper here
  • Manthey, U. & Denzer, W. 2006. A revision of the Melanesian-Australian angle head lizards of the genus Hypsilurus (Sauria: Agamidae: Amphibolurinae), with description of four new species and one new subspecies. Hamadryad 30 (1-2): 1 – 40
  • NOWAK, A. 2016. Husbandry and breeding of Boyd’s Forest Dragon Lophosaurus boydii (MACLEAY, 1884). Sauria 38 (3): 3-10 - get paper here
  • Oudemans, J. Th. 1894. Eidechsen und Schildkröten. In Semon, R. Zoologische Forschungsreisen in Australien und dem Malayischen Archipel. Denkschriften der Medicinisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft zu Jena, 8:127—146 - get paper here
  • Tallowin, Oliver J S; Shai Meiri, Stephen C Donnellan, Stephen J Richards, Christopher C Austin, Paul M Oliver, 2019. The other side of the Sahulian coin: biogeography and evolution of Melanesian forest dragons (Agamidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 129: 99-113. - get paper here
  • Wells, R. 1972. Notes on Goniocephalus boydii (Macleay). Herpetofauna (Sydney) 5: 24
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
  • Zwinenberg, AJ. 1974. Boyd's forest dragon, Goniocephalus boydii (Macleay). Bull. Maryland Herp. Soc. 10: 99-101 - get paper here
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