Japalura austeniana (Annandale, 1908)

Abor Hills agama



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Salea austeniana Annandale, 1908 (original combination); Pseudocalotes austeniana (Annandale, 1908); Mictopholis austeniana (Annandale, 1908)


Conservation Status

Last record: 1874-75 (Das & Das, 2007)

Rediscovered at 1130 hrs on 10 May 2005 (Das & Das, 2007)



Arunachal Pradesh, northeastern India


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Annandale, N. (1908). Description of a new species of lizard of the genus Salea from Assam. Rec. Indian Mus 2: 37-38.


Other references:

Athreya R (2006) Rediscovery of the rare agamid Mictopholis austeniana (Annandale 1908). In Athreya R (Ed) Eaglenest Biodiversity Project (2003–2006): Conservation Resources for Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary. Kaati Trust, New Delhi, 130-135.

Das, Abhijit and Das, Indraneil. (2007). Rediscovery of Mictopholis austeniana (Annandale, 1908) (Squamata: Agamidae). Current Herpetology 26(1): 45-47. [Abstract]

Gowande, Gaurang G. et al. (2021). On the systematics and the phylogenetic position of the poorly known, montane dragon-lizard species Pseudocalotes austeniana (Annandale, 1908) (Squamata, Agamidae, Draconinae). Evolutionary Systematics 5: 141-150. DOI: 10.3897/evolsyst.5.67137 [automatic download]

Mahony, Stephen. (2010). Systematic and taxomonic revaluation of four little known Asian agamid species, Calotes kingdonwardi Smith, 1935, Japalura kaulbacki Smith, 1937, Salea kakhienensis Anderson, 1879 and the monotypic genus Mictopholis Smith, 1935 (Reptilia: Agamidae). Zootaxa 2514: 1-23.

Smith, M. A. (1935). The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Amphibia. Vol. II.– Sauria Taylor and Francis London.

Wang K, Ci P, Jiang K, Weng S, Siler CD, Che J. (2019). Range extension of the rare agamid, Pseudocalotes austeniana (Annandale, 1908) (Reptilia, Sauria, Draconinae) in the East Himalaya, with comments on its ontogenetic shift. Check List 15(3): 425-433.


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