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Sarada superba DEEPAK, ZAMBRE, BHOSALE & GIRI, 2016

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Superb large fan-throated lizard 
SynonymSarada superba DEEPAK, ZAMBRE, BHOSALE & GIRI 2016
Sarada superb — NARAYAN & KENGAR 2017 (in error) 
DistributionIndia (Maharashtra: Chalkewadi), elevation 1100 - 1300 m

Type locality: Chalkewadi, georeferenced latitude N17.57635°, longitude E73.82430°, Satara District, Maharashtra State.  
Reproductionoviparous. Hatchlings (23-30 mm SVL, 34-52 mm TL (n=4)) were seen on 25 October 2013 at the type locality. Fifteen well-developed eggs were inside CES 13567. 
TypesHolotype: NCBS AQ052, adult male. Collected by V. Deepak and H. Bhosale on 19 April 2014. Paratypes. CES 141162, adult male, BNHS 2309, adult female. Chalkewadi, georeferenced latitude N17.57635o, longitude E73.82430o, Satara District, Maharashtra State. Collected by H. Bhosale male on 10 June, 2013 and female on 16 October 2013. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Sarada superba sp. nov. can be distinguished from Sarada deccanensis comb. nov. and Sarada darwini sp. nov. in having relatively short feet (Table 8). Sarada superba sp. nov. is the largest species of Sarada: males (67.9 ± 5.9) and females (58.0 ± 3.5). Details on morphometric data and body ratios of select characters for multiple samples are given in Tables 3 and 8. Furthermore, Sarada superba sp. nov. inhabits high elevation (> 1000m) plateaus of South Maharashtra, whereas Sarada darwini sp. nov. is found in the southern parts of Maharashtra and usually found on plains and on low elevation hills (<700m) [DEEPAK et al. 2016: 109].
CommentDistribution: see map in Deepak et al. 2016: 80 (Fig. 8).

Habitat: lateritic plateau rocks and cracks in the lateritic substrate.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe species epithet is after the Latin word superbus, meaning magnificent, a reference to the dramatic display of the large dewlap with brilliant breeding colours. 
  • Deepak, V., Karanth, P. 2017. Aridification driven diversification of fan-throated lizards from the Indian subcontinent. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution - get paper here
  • Deepak, V.; Varad B. Giri, Mohammad Asif, Sushil Kumar Dutta, Raju Vyas, Amod M. Zambre, Harshal Bhosale, K. Praveen Karanth 2016. Systematics and phylogeny of Sitana (Reptilia: Agamidae) of Peninsular India, with the description of one new genus and five new species. Contributions to Zoology 85 (1): 67-111 - get paper here
  • Kwet, Axel 2017. Neue Arten: Liste der im Jahr 2016 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Terraria-Elaphe 2017 (3): 54-70 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Thaker, Maria; Amod Zambre and Harshal Bhosale 2018. Wind farms have cascading impacts on ecosystems across trophic levels. Nature Ecology & Evolution - get paper here
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