Ctenotus piankai STORR, 1969
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Ctenotus piankai?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Course Sand Ctenotus|
|Synonym||Ctenotus piankai STORR 1969: 106|
Ctenotus piankai — COGGER 1983: 150
Ctenotus piankai — COGGER 2000: 437
Ctenotus piankai — RABOSKY et al. 2017: 14
|Distribution||Australia (NW and W Western Australia, North Territory, South Australia, and Queensland)|
Type locality: 24 mi ENE of Laverton, 28°31’ S, 122°45’ E, W. A. Map legend:
- Type locality.
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
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|Types||Holotype: WAM R30000|
|Comment||Abundance: common, with more than 900 specimens collected (Pianka 2011)|
Subspecies: Ctenotus piankai duricola STORR 1975: 239 has been elevated to full species.
Habitat: sand dunes and plains with spinifex grasses (especially Triodia basedowii), with which they are closely associated (Pianka 1986).
Diet: probably true bugs (Hemiptera) and spiders (Pianka 1986; Goodyear & Pianka 2011).
|Etymology||Named after Eric R. Pianka (born 1939), American herpetologist at the University of Texas.|
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