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Taxonomy of the family Agamidae
Bibliography of the genus Intellagama
Biodiversity of the family Agamidae








Genus
Intellagama

Common Australian Water Dragon

Australische Wasseragame

Almindelig Australsk Vandagam

1985 Intellagama Wells & Wellington (type species: Lophura lesueurii Gray 1831)
Contents: 1 species, which is endemic.
Endemism: 0% 100%
Remarks: Previously included in Physignathus (e.g., Wermuth 1967; Cogger, Cameron & Cogger 1983; Cogger 1996). Revalidated under the generic name Istiurus by Townsend, Mulcahy, Noonan, Sites, Kuczynski, Wiens & Reeder (2011), however, Amey, Couper & Shea (2012) showed that Istiurus is a synonym of Hydrosaurus, and that the valid generic name for the Eastern Australian Water Dragon is Intellagama. Although recognized as a separate genus already by Wells & Wellington (1985), who described Intellagama as a new genus, that arrangement had mostly been ignored, because their description provided no supporting evidence of the validity of Intellagama as a separate genus.
Distribution: As for the single species.

Intellagama lesueurii

Common Australian Water Dragon, Brown Water Dragon

Australische Wasseragame

Almindelig Australsk Vandagam

1831 Lophura lesueurii Gray
Istiurus lesueurii Duméril & Duméril 1851
Physignathus lesueurii Gray 1867
Intellagama lesueurii Wells & Wellington 1985
1843 Iguana paramatensis Fitzinger (Cogger, Cameron & Cogger 1983)
1857 Amphibolurus maculiferus Girard (Cogger, Cameron & Cogger 1983)
1866 Amphibolurus heterurus Peters (Boulenger 1885; Cogger, Cameron & Cogger 1983)
1884 Amphibolurus branchialis De Vis (Boulenger 1885; Cogger, Cameron & Cogger 1983)
1884 Physignathus lesueuri var. howitti McCoy
Physignathus howitti Wells & Wellington 1984

Other common names:
howitti: Gippsland Water Dragon
lesueurii: Eastern Australian Water Dragon
Remarks: Although reported from New Guinea, the species probably does not occur there. The only vouchered record is from Arfak Mountains, Western New Guinea, Indonesia, which was probably based on a specimen introduced from Australia (Watkins-Colwell & Johnston 1999). Known in South Australia from a feral population of uncertain status in the Adelaide Hills (Houston & Hutchinson 1998).
Introduced to: Australia (South Australia).
Distribution: Australia (Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland [incl. Fraser Island], Victoria).


Intellagama lesueurii
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