Natalia B. ANANJEVA,Xianguang GUO and Yuezhao WANG.Taxonomic Diversity of Agamid Lizards (Reptilia, Sauria, Acrodonta, Agamidae) from China: A Comparative Analysis[J].Asian Herpetological Research(AHR),2011,2(3):117-128.[doi:10.3724/SP.J.1245.2011.00117]
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Taxonomic Diversity of Agamid Lizards (Reptilia, Sauria, Acrodonta, Agamidae) from China: A Comparative Analysis
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Taxonomic Diversity of Agamid Lizards (Reptilia, Sauria, Acrodonta, Agamidae) from China: A Comparative Analysis
Natalia B. ANANJEVA1* Xianguang GUO2 and Yuezhao WANG2
1 Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg 199034, Russia
2 Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu 610041, Sichuan, China
Agamidae China taxonomy biogeography geographic distribution
Results of the analysis of taxonomic diversity and representation of different evolutionary lineages of agamid lizards (Reptilia, Sauria, Agamidae) are provided in this article. For comparison with the fauna of China, the following territories were selected: North Eurasia, Iran and different countries of South and Southeast Asia. There are 49 agamid species in China, comprising 12 genera and 4 subfamilies. Annotated check-list and identification keys to genera are provided. Among the 49 species of agamids present in China, the percent of endemic species is relatively high (22 species; 45%). Endemic species refer to 4 genera with the genus Japalura having the most, 10 of 14 species, proceeded by members of Tibetan Plateau lineage of Phrynocephalus, 8 of 12 species, and Calotes with 1 species and Laudakia with 3.


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