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A contribution to the systematics of Salea anamallayana (Beddome, 1878) and S. horsfieldii Gray, 1845 (Squamata: Agamidae: Draconinae)

Department of Life Sciences, Presidency University, Kolkata-700073, West Bengal, India
Department of Life Sciences, Darwin Centre, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD, England
Amphibia Section, Zoological Survey of India, Fire-proof Spirit Building, Kolkata-700016, West Bengal, India
Amphibia Section, Zoological Survey of India, Fire-proof Spirit Building, Kolkata-700016, West Bengal, India
Reptilia Section, Zoological Survey of India, Fire-proof Spirit Building, Kolkata-700016, West Bengal, India
Reptilia Salea Draconinae VARSEDIG Niche conservatism taxonomy Western Ghats redescription


Salea anamallayana (Beddome, 1878) and S. horsfieldii Gray, 1845 are two endemic montane forest dwelling draconine agamid lizards from the Western Ghats (India). The original descriptions of these two species were brief and apart from their inclusion in general faunal works, they have never been the focus of a rigorous taxonomic study. In this paper we provide a detailed redescription of the types of those two species. We also reconfirm the status of the subjective synonyms of those two species. We conducted a test of niche conservatism and on the basis of the results of this analysis, we demonstrate that in spite of occurring in apparently analogous habitats, the niche of the two species have diverged significantly. We also provide notes on the distribution and natural history of S. anamallayana and S. horsfieldii.



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