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Ctenophorus mckenziei (STORR, 1981)

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesDwarf Bicycle-dragon 
SynonymAmphibolurus mckenziei STORR 1981
Ctenophorus mckenziei — COGGER 2000: 318
Ctenophorus mckenziei — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (West Australia)

Type locality: 8 km SW of Ponier Rock, W. A., in 32'59’ S, 123° 26’ E. Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
TypesHolotype: WAM R59754 M 
CommentHabitat: shrubs, hummock grass.

Diagnosis: A medium-sized Amphibolurus, very like A. scutulatus in scalation but differing markedly in coloration, e.g. back blackish brown with whitish vertebral stripe and transverse lines, rather than pale brown with paired dark brown blotches that merge on foreback to form crossbands; also smaller, with deeper head (depth 55-57% of length, vs 44-54) and fewer subdigital lamellae (25-27 under longest toe, vs 33-38). 
References
  • Cogger,H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Doughty, P.; Maryan, B.; Melville, J. & Austin, J. 2007. A new species of Ctenophorus (Lacertlia: Agamidae) from Lake Disappointment, Western Australia. Herpetologica 63 (1): 72-86 - get paper here
  • Melville, Jane; Schulte, James A.; Larson, Allan 2001. A molecular phylogenetic study of ecological diversification in the Australian lizard genus Ctenophorus. Journal of Experimental Zoology: Molecular and Developmental Evolution 291(4): 339-353
  • Peterson, M.; Shea, G. M.; Miller, B. 1994. Notes on the morphology and biology of Ctenophorus mckenziei (Storr, 1981) (Squamata: Agamidae). Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 118 (3/4): 237
  • Storr, G. M. 1981. Three new agamid lizards from Western Australia. Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 8 (4): 599-607 - get paper here
  • Wilson,S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
 
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