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Hemipeneal Morphology of Sri Lankan Dragon Lizards (Sauria: Agamidae)

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Kalana Maduwage ,

Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya; and Wildlife Heritage Trust, 1 Lake Crescent, Colombo 2,, LK
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Anjana Silva

Wildlife Heritage Trust, 1 Lake Crescent, Colombo 2; and Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Rajarata University, Anuradhapura,, LK
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Abstract

The morphology of hemipenes, the male external genitalia of reptiles, is considered to be a character of taxonomic importance. It has, however, until recently been used only rarely in agamid systematics. Phylogenies of Sri Lankan Agamidae, constructed using mitochondrial DNA and hemipeneal morphology, have shown remarkable convergence, highlighting the importance of hemipeneal morphology in the taxonomy of these lizards. Here we present descriptions and illustrations of the hemipenes of 17 of the 18 species of Sri Lankan Agamidae and provide a key to the identification of species groups based on this character.

Ceylon Journal of Science (Bio. Sci.) 41 (2): 111-123, 2012

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/cjsbs.v41i2.5381

How to Cite: Maduwage, K. & Silva, A., (2013). Hemipeneal Morphology of Sri Lankan Dragon Lizards (Sauria: Agamidae). Ceylon Journal of Science (Biological Sciences). 41(2), pp.111–123. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjsbs.v41i2.5381
Published on 03 Apr 2013.
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