Cryptagama aurita (STORR, 1981)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Cryptagama aurita?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Gravel Dragon|
|Synonym||Tympanocryptis aurita STORR 1981|
Cryptagama aurita — WITTEN 1984
Amphibolurus auritus — COGGER 1983:
Cryptagama aurita — MANTHEY & SCHUSTER 1999: 46
Cryptagama aurita — COGGER 2000: 307
Cryptagama aurita — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Cryptagama aurita — CHAPPLE et al. 2019: 55
|Distribution||Australia (Northern Territory, Western Australia)|
Type locality: 27 km SSE of Halls Creek, Western Australia, 18°27’ S, 127°45’ E.
|Types||Holotype: WAM R66296|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis (genus): Small, very short-legged agamid, with blunt-tipped tail shorter than SVL; dorsals markedly heterogeneous (small scales intermixed with scattered enlarged blunt tubercles); tympanum large and obvious; upper labial scales form fringe along upper lip; femoral and pre-anal pores 10-18, more prominent in males (J. Melville, pers. comm., 8 Sep 2021).|
Diagnosis: Limbs and tail short, the tail shorter than snout-vent length. Canthus rostralis absent. Femoral pores in widely spaced series on middle to posterior part of lower surface of thigh, each pore penetrating a scale. Enlarged tubercles scattered across entire dorsal surface, extending onto limbs and tail. Supralabial scales forming denticulate fringe along upper lip. Scales very small, mid-body scale count 140-164. Tympanum large and superficial. Pes phalangeal formula 220.127.116.11.4 [WITTEN 1984].
|Comment||Not listed by COGGER 1983.|
Type species: Tympanocryptis aurita STORR 1981 is the type species of the genus Cryptagama WITTEN 1984.
|Etymology||The species was apparently named after the large tympanum or ear opening, from Latin auris = ear.|
The generic name comes from the Greek kryptos meaning hidden or secret and the type genus of the family, Agama.