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Japalura swinhonis

Basic information
Scientific name Japalura swinhonis

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Common names Swinhoe’s tree lizard, Swinhoe’s Japalura, 欺文氏攀蜥
Higher taxon Agamidae, Sauria (Lacertilia), Squamata, Reptilia
Natural range Taiwan including peripheral islands (Xiaoliuqiu, Ludao, and Lanyu), 1500 m or less alt. area.
Habitat Lowland forest and forest edge. This species often occur disturbed habitat such as nearby human house, park, fruit garden, etc.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Kanagawa,Miyazaki,and Eastern side of Tenryu River in Iwata, Shizuoka Pref. Range in Japan
Origin Taiwan (possibly)
Date The first record was in 2006, at Iwata, Shizuoka Pref.
Route Accidental: With imported plant from Taiwan.
Impact Unknown.
Regulation in Japan Invasive alien species (Invasive Alien Species Act)
Introduced range in other countries
Reference Notes
  • Kato et al. (2010) Record of the Swinhoe’s Tree Lizard, Japalura swinhonis Günther (Squamata, Agamidae) from Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Bull Biogeogr Soc Japan. 65, 9-12 (in Jpn with English abst)
  • Xiang & Lin (2001) Natural Portraits of Lizards of Taiwan. Big Tree Culture Enterprise, Taipei (in Chinese)
  • etc.