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Lophosaurus dilophus (DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1837)

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Indonesian Forest Dragon 
SynonymLophyrus dilophus DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1837: 419
Tiaris dilophus — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1837: 419 (by implication)
Calotes megapogon SCHLEGEL in DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1837: 419 (nom. nud.)
Tiaris megapogon GRAY 1845: 239 (fide BOULENGER 1885)
Tiaris dilophus — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854: plate 46
Gonocephalus dilophus — MEYER 1874
Gonyocephalus dilophus — BOULENGER 1885: 290
Gonyocephalus dilophus — DE ROOIJ 1915: 108
Goniocephalus dilophus — LOVERIDGE 1948: 336
Gonocephalus dilophus — WERMUTH 1967: 58
Hypsilurus dilophus — MANTHEY & SCHUSTER 1999: 73
Hypsilurus dilophus — MANTHEY & DENZER 2006: 25
Hypsilurus dilophus — KRAUS & MYERS 2012
Lophosaurus dilophus — DENZER & MANTHEY 2016 
DistributionIndonesia (Aru I, Kei I, Batanta = Batana, Salawat), New Guinea, Ferguson Island, d'Entrecasteaux Archipelago, Milne Bay Prov.: Normanby Island.

Type locality: Nouvelle Guinée.  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 2561 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus). Medium to large sized, arboreal amphibolu- rine lizard without femoral or precloacal pores (present in all Australian agamid lizards apart from Chelosania and Moloch); no spines on the body (present in Moloch), no frill around the neck (present in Chlamydosaurus); a transverse gular fold (absent in Chelosania), dorsal scales heterogeneous in size (homogeneous in all Hypsilurus s. l.); TL/HBL < 2.3, typically < 2; lacrimal bone present (absent in all Australian Amphibolurinae apart from Intellagama and Chelosania) (DENZER & MANTHEY 2016: 108). 
CommentSimilar species: H. magnus.

Synonymy mostly after WERMUTH 1967. Illustration in BARTS & WILMS 2003. DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1837: 419 “introduce the new species Lophyrus dilophus. A line further down they refer to a drawing of this species on plate 46 under the genus name of Tiaris. This discrepancy is explained on p. 421 where the authors state that it was originally intended to erect a new genus Tiaris for this species and that they decided against it at a later stage. We assume that the plates containing the name Tiaris had already been printed and subsequent changes would have been difficult to realize” (Manthey & Denzer 2016).

Lifestyle: semi-arboreal.

Type species: Lophyrus dilophus DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1837: 419 is the type species of the genus Lophosaurus FITZINGER 1843. 
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