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Published: 2023-03-14
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A review of the genus Bronchocela Kaup, 1827 (Reptilia: Agamidae) in the Nicobar Archipelago with the description of two new species

1Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, School of Life Sciences, Pondicherry University, Puducherry 605014, India
2Natural History Collections Department, Bombay Natural History Society, Hornbill House, Opp. Lion Gate, S. B. S. Road, Fort, Mumbai 400001, India.
3Department of Biology, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Universitas Indonesia, Kampus UI, Depok 16424, Indonesia 4 Herpetology Lab, Research Center for Biosystematics and Evolution, The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Government of Indonesia, Cibinong 16911, Indonesia
3Department of Biology, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Universitas Indonesia, Kampus UI, Depok 16424, Indonesia
Reptilia Long-tailed agama Sundaland cryptic species endemic allopatry Southeast Asia Taxonomy


Species of the agamid genus Bronchocela Kaup, 1827 in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are reassessed based on newly collected specimens from different parts of the Nicobar Archipelago. An assessment based on morphology and distribution of the identified groups reveal two new, unnamed populations, one allied to B. cristatella and the other allied to B. danieli. These two populations are described as new species, and Bronchocela cristatella is redescribed based on Sundaic specimens. The remaining species, B. danieli and B. rubrigularis are redescribed. Distributions of all of these four species are mapped and recommendations on their conservation status are suggested.



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