Acanthosaura capra

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Acanthosaura capra
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Acanthosaura capra, Cat Tien National Park
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Agamidae
Genus: Acanthosaura
Species: A. capra
Binomial name
Acanthosaura capra
Günther, 1861[1]

Acanthosaura capra is a species of Agamid lizards: commonly known as the mountain horned dragon, it is also called the Indo-Chinese spiny lizard or the green pricklenape.

A. capra can be found in the tropical forests of Cambodia (Mondolkiri) and southern Vietnam (Dong Nai, Khánh Hòa and Lâm Đồng provinces); reports of their presence in Laos are probably inaccurate.[2] They are diurnal and mostly arboreal and can be found in Cát Tiên National Park, where they can be distinguished from the commonly encountered A. coronata by their considerably more pronounces dorsal spines and nuchal crest. Sexual dimorphism is not pronounced, with males having a slimmer and slightly tapered body than the females, which are broader-bodied.


  1. ^ * Günther, 1861 : Second list of Siamese reptiles. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, ser. 3, 8: 266-268 ([1]).
    • Günther, 1861 : Second list of Siamese reptiles. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 1861: 187-189 ([2]).
  2. ^ Ananjeva N.B. et al. (2008) Species of Acanthosaura Gray, 1831 (Agamidae: Sauria, Reptilia) of Vietnam: Results of molecular and morphological study. Biology Bulletin 35 [2]: 178-186.

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