Girish Mahajan

Mictopholis austeniana

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Reptilia
Family  Agamidae
Scientific name  Mictopholis austeniana
Rank  Species
Subphylum  Vertebrata
Suborder  Iguania
Subfamily  Draconinae
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Scaled reptiles
Similar  Pseudocalotes kakhienensis, Bronchocela danieli, Otocryptis beddomei, Salea, Phoxophrys

Mictopholis austeniana, commonly known as the Abor Hills agama or Annandale's dragon, is a rare species of agamid lizard endemic to Asia.

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Etymology

The specific name, austeniana, is in honor of English topographer Henry Haversham Godwin-Austen.

Geographic range

M. austeniana is found in Bhutan and India (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh).

Type locality: "Hills near Harmatti, Assam" (= Dafla Hills, Assam, fide M.A. Smith 1935).

Rediscovery

This species was previously known only from its holotype, but was rediscovered in 2006 at Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh.

References

Mictopholis austeniana Wikipedia


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