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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesCtenophorus caudicinctus caudicinctus (GÜNTHER 1875)
Ctenophorus caudicinctus graafi (STORR 1967)
Ctenophorus caudicinctus infans (STORR 1967)
Ctenophorus caudicinctus macropus (STORR 1967)
Ctenophorus caudicinctus mensarum (STORR 1967)
Ctenophorus caudicinctus slateri (STORR 1967) 
Common NamesRing-tailed Bicycle-dragon, Ring-tailed Dragon 
SynonymGrammatophora caudicincta GÜNTHER 1875: 19
Amphibolurus imbricatus PETERS 1876: 529
Amphibolurus caudicinctus — BOULENGER 1885: 384
Amphibolurus imbricatus — BOULENGER 1885: 382
Amphibolurus caudicinctus — STERNFELD 1925: 232
Amphibolurus imbricatus — GLAUERT 1959
Amphibolurus caudicinctus — COGGER 1983
Tachyon caudicinctus — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 20
Ctenophorus caudicinctus — COGGER 2000: 310
Ctenophorus caudicinctus — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Ctenophorus caudicinctus — MELVILLE et al. 2016

Ctenophorus caudicinctus slateri (STORR 1967)
Tachyon slateri — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 20
Ctenophorus caudicinctus slateri — EVEN 2005
Ctenophorus slateri — MELVILLE et al. 2016

Ctenophorus caudicinctus graafi (STORR 1967)
Tachyon graafi — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 20
Ctenophorus graafi — MELVILLE et al. 2016

Ctenophorus caudicinctus infans (STORR 1967)
Tachyon infans — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 20
Ctenophorus infans — MELVILLE et al. 2016

Ctenophorus caudicinctus macropus (STORR 1967)
Tachyon macropus — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 20
Ctenophorus caudicinctus macropus — MELVILLE et al. 2016

Ctenophorus caudicinctus mensarum (STORR 1967)
Tachyon mensarum — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 20
Ctenophorus caudicinctus mensarum — MELVILLE et al. 2016 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia)

caudicinctus: Pilbara region and offshore islands, Western Australia

graafi: far eastern interiorof Western Australia; Type locality: Mt. Eveline, in 26° 10’ S, 127° 06’ E, Western Australia

mensarum: Murchison and East Murchison Goldfields, Western Australia; Type locality: 5 mi S of Meekatharra, in 26° 40’ S, 118° 27’ E, Western Australia.

infans: Mt. Margaret Goldfield, Western Australia; Type locality: Deeba Rock-Hole, 25 mi NE of Laverton, in 28° 22’ S, 122° 35’ E, Western Australia.

slateri: ranges of S Northern Territory; Type locality: Hermannsburg, in 23'58’ S, 132° 46’ E, Northern Territory.

macropus: Arnhem Land, Northern Territory; Type locality: 4. 5 mi SSE of Oenpelli, Northern Territory.

Type locality: Nickol (as Nicol) Bay, Western Australia

Type locality: Mermaid Strait, W. A. (as Nova Hollandia borealis, Meermaidstraat) [Amphibolurus imbricatus]  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.9.4.43
Syntypes: ZMB 8933 (2 specimens) [Amphibolurus imbricatus]
Holotype: WAM R25914 [graafi]
Holotype: WAM R25945 [infans]
Holotype: WAM R19486 [mensarum]
Holotype: SAMA R3229 [macropus]
Holotype: WAM R26793 [slateri] 
CommentSubspecies: Melville et al. 2016 presented evidence that the subspecies caudicinctus, graafi, infans, and slateri could be considered valid (evolutionary) species although they “acknowledge that further work is required, particularly for C. slateri and C. graafi”.

Lifestyle: saxicolous.

Distribution: see map in Melville et al. 2016: 3 (Fig. 1). 
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