A Taxonomic Review of the Genus Bronchocela (Squamata: Agamidae), with Description of a New Species from Vietnam

Jakob Hallermann

Abstract


About 288 specimens of the genus Bronchocela were examined. For each species of the genus a taxonomic synopsis, diagnosis and distribution, based on voucher specimens and new specimen records, is given. A neotype for Bronchocela hayeki is designated. A new smaragdina-like species from the Central highlands of Vietnam is described by Hallermann and Orlov. Special attention is drawn to the dispersal and colonization scenario of the Philippine Islands by B. cristatella and B. marmorata including exact distribution patterns for both species. A subspecific subdivision of B. marmorata can no longer be perpetuated on morphological grounds. Lophyrus spinosus Duméril, 1851, regarded as B. marmorata, is in fact a Gonocephalus sophiae (Gray, 1845). A determination key to all species of Bronchocela based on external morphological characters is given.

Keywords


Reptilia; Squamata; Agamidae; taxonomy; new species Bronchocela vietnamensis; biogeography; Philippines; taxonomic key to species

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