Pseudocophotis kontumensis ANANJEVA, ORLOV, TRUONG & NAZAROV, 2007
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Pseudocophotis kontumensis?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Pseudocophotis kontumensis ANANJEVA, ORLOV, TRUONG & NAZAROV 2007|
Pseudocophotis kontumensis — MILTO & BARABANOV 2012: 166
|Distribution||C Vietnam (Kon Tum Province)|
Type locality: Kon Du, Mang Canh village, Konplong
district, Kon Tum Province, Vietnam (14°41’ 25’’ N, 108°19’ 31’’ E), 1210 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: ZISP 24251, adult male, collected on April 7, 2005, by Nikolai L. Orlov, Sergei Ryabov, and Ho Thu Cuc.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Pseudocophotis kontumensis differs from other agamid lizards known to occur in Vietnam based on morphological characters. It is a middle-sized agamid lizard with laterally compressed body, very large dorsal and lateral scales, smaller keeled ventral scales, hidden tympanum, fold across the throat and relatively short flexible prehensile tail. No gular sac. From Acanthosaura P. kontumensis can be distinguished by the absence of postorbital and nuchal spines; from Calotes — by heterogeneous unequal dorsal scales intermixed with larger irregular scales. From both genera it differs by tympanum covered with skin. From Bronchocela it is distinguished by its much shorter tail. From Gonocephalus P. kontumensis differs by hidden tympanum, much smaller adult size and smaller ventral scales in comparison with dorsal.|
P. kontumensis differs from 3 species of Pseudocalotes occurring in Vietnam (Ananjeva et al., 2007; Bain et al., 2007): P. brevipes, P. microlepis, and P. floweri by hidden tympanum and smaller scale number around the midbody. P. brevipes and P. microlepis have much shorter tail (Table 1; Hallermann and McQuire, 2001: Table 1). Japalura species with hidden tympanum (including Vietnamese J. chapaense and J. fasciata) have much longer tail and limbs (Table 1; Ota, 1989: Tables 1 and 2). Pseudocophotis kontumensis differs from P. sumatrana by higher number of scales around midbody [from ANANJEVA et al. 2007].
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||named after the type locality.|