Re-evaluation of the status of Japalura mitsukurii Stejneger 1898 (Reptilia: Agamidae) Hidetoshi Ota Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Kyoto University, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo, Kyoto, 606 Japan Abstract. Morphological and ecological re-investigations revealed that two subspecies of Japalura swinhonis (i.e.,,J. s. mitsukurii andJ. s. formosensis) collectively represent a good species, J. mitsukurii, distinct from J. swinhonis. Taxonomic confusions about these species in the literature are reviewed. Introduction Liang and Wang (1976), in the review of the genusJapalura from Taiwan, recognized a single species comprising three subspecies on the basis of morphological features-). swinhonis swinhonis (Günther) from central and northern regions,). s. mitsukurii (Stej- neger) from eastern region, and j s. formosensis Liang and Wang from central and western regions. They stated that the following sets of two "subspecies" occur sym- patrically in Taiwan : J. s. swinhonis and j s. mitsukurii in Tapei and U-lai (Taipei Pref., fig. 1:15 and a, respectively), J. s. swinhonis and J. s. formosensis in Puli and Wushe (Nantou Pref.; fig. 1:11 and b, respectively), and J. s. mitsukurii and J.s. for- mosensis in Tainan (Tainan Pref. ; fig. 1 :8). From these localities, they also reported the presence of intermediate forms, which they
Amphibia-Reptilia – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1988
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