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Taxonomic re-evaluation of the status of Draco cornutus Günther, 1864 (Reptilia: Agamidae)

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The taxonomic status of the flying lizard, Draco curnutus Günther, 1864, recently frequently regarded as a junior synonym of D. volans Linnaeus, 1758, is reassessed. Our field observations in Borneo confirmed sympatric occurrence of two morphotypes of D. volans sensu lato, one of which showed a diagnostic character of D. cornutus. The two morphotypes also differ from each other in live coloration, allozyme pattern and mitochondrial DNA sequence. From these results, it is concluded that D. curnutus is a valid species.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Zoology, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo, Kyoto, 606-8502 Japan; 2: Department of Zoology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, 59100 Malaysia; 3: Tropical Biosphere Research Center, University of Ryukyus, Nishihara, Okinawa, 903-0213 Japan


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