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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)
Hypsilurus boydii — MANTHEY & DENZER 2006: 24
Lophosaurus boydii — DENZER & MANTHEY 2016
Lophosaurus boydii — CHAPPLE et al. 2019: 85 
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 (Manthey & Denzer 2006: 24). 
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. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - 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
  • Chapple, David G.; Reid Tingley, Nicola J. Mitchell, Stewart L. Macdonald, J. Scott Keogh, Glenn M. Shea, Philip Bowles, Neil A. Cox, John C. Z. Woinarski 2019. The Action Plan for Australian Lizards and Snakes 2017. CSIRO, 663 pp. DOI: 10.1071/9781486309474 - 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 - get paper here
  • 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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