A New Species of Acanthosaura (Agamidae, Sauria) from Northwest Vietnam

Natalia B. Ananjeva, Nikolai L. Orlov, Thien Tao Nguyen, Sergey A. Ryabov


A new species of Acanthosaura (Gray, 1831) from Fan Si Pan Mount, Lao Cai Province, northern Vietnam is described based on having a unique combinations of morphometric and meristic external characters and very distinctive color pattern. Acanthosaura brachypoda sp.nov. from  Fan Si Pan Mount, northwest Vietnam most closely resembles A.lepidogaster but differs from it  by larger body length, shorter limbs, lower number of ventral scales, larger scales on the head and spotted color pattern on the brown background. It is the 10th known species of genus Acanthosaura in Southeast Asia and 5th species of this genus in Vietnam.


Agamidae; Acanthosaura; A. lepidogaster; a new species; Fan Si Pan Mount; Vietnam; taxonomy

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30906/1026-2296-2011-18-3-195-202


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