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ERDELEN, W. (1998): The genera Otocryptis and Sitana (Sauria, Agamidae): geographic distribution, microhabitat use, and morphometric relations. – In: De Silva, A. (ed.): Biology and Conservation of the amphibians, reptiles and their habitats in south Asia. Amphibia and Reptile Research Organization of Sri Lanka, Peradeniya. 232-246.

Otocryptis beddomii BOULENGER, 1885

Indian Kangaroo Lizard

CHANDRAMOULI, S.R (2009): Status and microhabitat preferences of Otocryptis beddomii Boulenger, 1885 (Reptilia: Agamidae) in Ponmudi hills, Western Ghats, Kerala, India. - Taprobanica 1 (2): 107-110.

The population of Otocryptis beddomii in Ponmudi Hills of Kerala, India was examined to assess its status and microhabitat preference. The encounter rate was significantly higher in pristine habitat (3.51 sightings/km) than in disturbed habitat (0.97 sightings/km). Sighting frequency was highest in rainforests (60) of mid-altitude (68) and the most-utilized substrate was leaf litter (79.2%). Disturbances due to human activities had a significant (Proportion test; z = 2.93, p<0.05), adverse impact on its population.

DANIELS, R.J.R. (1991): Ecology and status of a little known lizard Otocryptis beddomi (Boulenger). – Cobra, Madras, 5: 3-4.

Otocryptis nigristigma BAHIR & SILVA, 2005

BAHIR, M.M. & A. SILVA (2005): Otocryptis nigristigma, a new species of agamid lizard from Sri Lanka. – The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 12: 393-406.

The genus Otocryptis Wagler has hitherto been considered to be represented in Sri Lanka by a single widely distributed species, O.wiegmanni Wagler. A survey of 41 sites throughout the range of the genus in Sri Lanka shows that at least two species are present. Otocryptis wiegmanni is restricted to the island´s south-western ‘wet zone’ (rainfall > 2,000 mm yr1), while O. nigristigma new species is restricted to forests of the 𠆍ry zone’ (Rainfall < 2,000 mm yr1). Otocryptis nigristigma is distinguished from O. wiegmanni by having a black patch on the male dewlap in life; medial side of inner lobe and lateral side of outer lobe of hemipenis each with 12 flounces, the distal 7 flounces enlarged; and a shorter fifth toe (14.3 – 16.0 % of head length in males, 14.6 – 18.5 in females), vs. a maroon patch on male dewlap in life, medial side of inner lobe and lateral side of outer lobe of hemipenis each with 10 flounces, the distal 3 flounces enlarged, and fifth toe longer (19.2 – 22.2 % of head length in males, 20.1 – 24.5 in females) in O. wiegmanni. The status of O. bivittata Wiegmann is discussed.

Otocryptis wiegmanni WAGLER,1830

Wiegmann´s Agama

BITTER, P.M. de (1981): Otocryptis wiegmanni. – Lacerta, 39 (9): 125.

BUHLE, M. (1983): Haltung, Nachzucht und Verhaltensweise von Otocryptis wiegmanni. – Sauria, Berlin, 5 (1): 3-10.

DE SILVA, A., BAUER, A.M., DRION, A., FABRY, A., GOONAWARDENA, Z., HAWKE, Z. & V. VANNECK (2003): Otocryptis wiegmanni. A gecko predator at Nilgala Fire Savannah, Sri Lanka. – Gekko, 4 (1): 15-17.

KARUNARATHNA, D.M.S.S. & A.A.T. AMARASINGHE (2008): Notes on the territorial behaviour of Otocryptis wiegmanni Wagler, 1830 (Reptilia: agamidae: Draconinae). – Herpetotropicos, 4 (2): 79-83.

The first documentation on the territorial behavior of Otocryptis wiegmanni Wagler, 1830 is reported here mainly from Dombagas-kanda Proposed Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka. In addition, more than twenty five observations on territorial behaviour of O. wiegmanni observed during the past five years were included into this analysis. In this study, we investigated the territorial behaviour by focusing on five steps of thre whole behaviour pattern that consist of attacking, apalling, struggling, savaging and chasing.

MANTHEY, U. (1985): Otocryptis wiegmanni WAGLER. - Amph./Rept.-Kartei: 11-12. Beilage in Sauria 7 (2). (0670)

MATUSCHKA, F.R. (1978): Beobachtungen bei der Haltung von Otocryptis wiegmanni. - Salamandra, Frankfurt/Main, 14 (4): 207-211. (20/15)

TOMEY, W.A. (1997): De Singalese turkoois agame Otocryptis wiegmanni, Wagler 1830. – Aquarium, Hilversum, 67 (3): 78-83.

TOMEY, W.A. (2002): Otocryptis wiegmanni. Die Juweleneidechse in der Natur und im Troparium. – Das Aquarium, 402: 66-70.

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