A review of the genus Bronchocela Kaup, 1827 (Reptilia: Agamidae) in the Nicobar Archipelago with the description of two new species

S. R. Chandramouli, Omkar D. Adhikari, A. A.Thasun Amarasinghe, A. Abinawanto

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Abstract

Species of the agamid genus Bronchocela Kaup, 1827 in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are reassessed based on newly collected specimens from different parts of the Nicobar Archipelago. An assessment based on morphology and distribution of the identified groups reveal two new, unnamed populations, one allied to B. cristatella and the other allied to B. danieli. These two populations are described as new species, and Bronchocela cristatella is redescribed based on Sundaic specimens. The remaining species, B. danieli and B. rubrigularis are redescribed. Distributions of all of these four species are mapped and recommendations on their conservation status are suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-516
Number of pages24
JournalZootaxa
Volume5254
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2023

Keywords

  • allopatry
  • cryptic species
  • endemic
  • Long-tailed agama
  • Southeast Asia
  • Sundaland
  • Taxonomy

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