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Sitana sushili DEEPAK,TILLACK, KAR, SARKAR & MOHAPATRA, 2021

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Sushil’s fan-throated lizard 
SynonymSitana sushili DEEPAK,TILLACK, KAR, SARKAR & MOHAPATRA 2021
Sitana ponticeriana — SANYHAL 1993: 57 [in part]
Sitana ponticeriana — CHANDRA & GAJBE 2005: 1815 [in part]
Sitana ponticeriana — CHAKRABORTY et al. 2008: 192–193
Sitana ponticeriana — DUTTA et al. 2009: 68
Sitana ponticeriana — MURTHY et al. 2018: 501
Sitana ponticeriana — CHANDRA et al. 2018: 309–310
Sitana ponticeriana — CHANDRA et al. 2018: 361
Sitana ponticeriana — CHANDRA et al. 2018: 368–369
Sitana ponticeriana — CHANDRA et al. 2018: 242
Sitana ponticeriana — CHANDRA et al. 2018: 245.
Sitana cf. ponticeriana — MANTHEY 2010: 153 [in part] plate RA04163-4. 
DistributionIndia (Odisha)

Type locality: Chiplima, Sambalpur district, Odisha, India (21.3501°N, 83. 9137°E), 174 m elevation  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. BNHS 2511 an adult male (Fig. 1), collected on 14 June 2014 by V. Deepak, S.K. Behera & N. B. Kar.
Paratypes (n=2). ZSI-CZRC V-7176 an adult female collected by V. Deepak, S.K. Behera and N. B. Kar; ZSI-CZRC V-7177, an adult male collected by P. Mohapatra on 15 April 2015 both collected from Brooks hill, Sambalpur (21.483°N, 83.766°N), 183 m elevation (Appendix 2). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A small sized Sitana (maximum SVL 48 mm), having 42–48 vertebral scales (42–48 in males, 44–47 in females), 61–94 ventrals (82–94 in males, 61–70 in females), 49–57 mid body scale rows; in adult males, dewlap with single dark blue line and dewlap scales mottled with brown, 0.10–0.23 % dewlap in trunk; brown dorsum with five black rhomboidal markings and venter off white with brown speckles.
The new species differs from its congeners by the following combination of characters: 1) dewlap feebly ser- rated without bright orange patches in breeding males (vs. well serrated in breeding males of S. ponticeriana, S. visiri, S. marudhamneydhal and S. devakai), 2) dewlap extending beyond forearm insertion (vs. not extending in S. schleichi, S. sivalensis and S. fusca), 3) four less prominent enlarged non spine like scales bordering the occipital region (vs. enlarged spine like scales in S. spinaecephalus), 4) dewlap medium sized extending up to 23 % of trunk (vs. dewlap extending up to 29%, 45% and 46.5 % of trunk in S. laticeps, S. dharwarensis and S. spinaecephalus respectively and up to 42% of trunk in Sitana sp1 (in Deepak & Karanth, 2018), 5) body size small SVL(mm) = mean 43.7 +/- 0.59 SE, range 40–48.3 (n=18) (vs. large in S. gokakensis (SVL(mm): mean 48.8 +/- 3.6 SE; range 42.4–53.1; n=14) and S. thondalu (SVL(mm): mean 50.2 +/- 0.93 SE; range 44.9–56.3; n=19). 
CommentOnly limited information and bibliography provided as authors did not supply them upon request.

Distribution: see map in Deepak et al. 2021: 269 (Fig. 4). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a patronym named in honor of ProfessorSushil Kumar Dutta from Odisha, India, for his continued support of our research in this region and for promoting herpetology in India through the “School in Herpetology”. 
References
  • DEEPAK, V., TILLACK, F., KAR, N. B., SARKAR, V., & MOHAPATRA, P. P. 2021. A new species of Sitana (Squamata: Agamidae) from the Deccan Peninsula Biogeographic Zone of India. Zootaxa 4948(2): 261-274 - get paper here
 
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