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The original descriptions and figures of Sri Lankan Agamid Lizards (Squamata: Agamidae) of the 18th and 19th Centuries

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AA Thasun Amarasinghe ,

Taprobanica Nature Conservation Society, 146, Kendalanda, Homagama, LK
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Ulrich Manthey,

Society for Southeast Asian Herpetology, Kindelbergweg 15, Berlin, DE
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Edi Stöckli,

Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, Augustinergasse 2, CH-4001 Basel, CH
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Ivan Ineich,

Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Département Systématique et Evolution, USM 5502 (Reptiles), Paris, FR
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Sven O Kullander,

Swedish Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, SE-104 05, Stockholm, SE
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Franz Tiedemann,

Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Herpetologische Sammlung, Burgring 7, A-1010 Vienna, AT
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Colin McCarthy,

The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, GB
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Dinesh E Gabadage

Taprobanica Nature Conservation Society, 146, Kendalanda, Homagama, LK
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Abstract

Eighteen species of agamid lizards are recognized from Sri Lanka, representing one subfamily: Draconinae. Thirteen of these species were described in the period 1758-1887. The early descriptions of agamid lizards were very brief and often written in languages other than English. Original descriptions and images of type specimens are provided for Calotes calotes (Linnaeus, 1758), C. versicolor (Daudin, 1802), C. nigrilabris Peters, 1860, C. liocephalus Gunther, 1872, C. liolepis Boulenger, 1885, C. ceylonensis Müller, 1887, Otocryptis wiegmanni Wagler, 1830, Ceratophora stoddartii Gray, 1835, C. tennentii Günther, 1861, C. aspera Günther, 1864, Lyriocephalus scutatus (Linnaeus, 1758), Cophotis ceylanica Peters, 1861, and Sitana ponticeriana Cuvier, 1829. Translations to English are provided of original descriptions that were published in Latin, French, and German.

Key words: Original description; type specimen; Agamidae; Taxonomy; English translation; Sri Lanka

DOI: 10.4038/tapro.v1i1.2771

TAPROBANICA, April, 2009. Vol. 01, No. 01: pp. 2-15

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How to Cite: Amarasinghe, A.T. et al., (2011). The original descriptions and figures of Sri Lankan Agamid Lizards (Squamata: Agamidae) of the 18th and 19th Centuries. TAPROBANICA: The Journal of Asian Biodiversity. 1(1), pp.2–15. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v1i1.2771
Published on 27 Jan 2011.
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