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Ctenophorus parviceps (STORR, 1964)

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Gnaraloo Heath Dragon 
SynonymTympanocryptis parviceps STORR 1964
Tympanocryptis parviceps — WERMUTH 1967: 99
Amphibolurus parviceps parviceps — STORR 1977: 74
Tympanocryptis parviceps — COGGER 2000: 356
Rankinia parviceps — MELVILLE et al. 2008
Ctenophorus parviceps — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 356
Ctenophorus parviceps — CHAPPLE et al. 2019: 67 
DistributionW Australia (Nigaloo south to Quobba and Bernier Island; Western Australia: between Exmouth Gulf and Shark Bay.

Type locality: 11 miles south-east of Ningaloo, Western Australia.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R16984, adult male 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: The species A. parviceps is distinguishable from A. adelaidensis by tympanum covered with small scales; deep and angular loreal trough; fewer scales between nasal and labials; and no midlateral series of spines at base of tail (the scales may be enlarged and slightly raised). The subspecies A. p. parviceps is distinguishable from A. p. butleri by its reduced colour pattern and more numerous femoral and preanal pores (STORR 1977). 
CommentSubspecies: Tympanocryptis parviceps butleri (STORR 1977) has been elevated to full species. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “parvus, -a, -um” = small, and caput, -ceps = head. 
  • Chapple, David G.; Reid Tingley, Nicola J. Mitchell, Stewart L. Macdonald, J. Scott Keogh, Glenn M. Shea, Philip Bowles, Neil A. Cox, John C. Z. Woinarski 2019. The Action Plan for Australian Lizards and Snakes 2017. CSIRO, 663 pp. DOI: 10.1071/9781486309474 - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Ellis, Ryan J. 2019. An annotated type catalogue of the dragon lizards (Reptilia: Squamata: Agamidae) in the collection of the Western Australian Museum. Records of the Western Australian Museum 34: 115–132 - get paper here
  • Greer,A E 1987. Taxonomic and natural history notes on Tympanocryptis butleri and T. parviceps. Western Australian Naturalist 17 (1): 13-16 - get paper here
  • Maryan, B. 1992. A natural history note on the dragon Tympanocryptis butleri. Herpetofauna (Sydney) 22 (1): 35
  • Melville, Jane; Luke P. Shoo and Paul Doughty 2008. Phylogenetic relationships of the heath dragons (Rankinia adelaidensis and R. parviceps) from the south-western Australian biodiversity hotspot. Australian Journal of Zoology 56 (3): 159-171 - get paper here
  • Scott, Shawn; Stephen Mahony, Chad T. Beranek 2020. An observation of predation and prey caching of Ctenophorus parviceps (Squamata: Agamidae) and Lerista miopus (Squamata: Scincidae) in Western Australia. Herpetology Notes 13: 579-581 - get paper here
  • Storr, G. M. 1964. The agamid lizards of the genus Tympanocryptis in Western Australia. J R. Soc. West. Aust. 47: 43-50.
  • Storr, G. M. 1977. The Amphibolurus adelaidensis species group (Lacertilia, Agamidae) in Western Australia. Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 5: 73-81 - 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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