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Delma butleri STORR, 1987

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Higher TaxaPygopodidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesUnbanded Delma, Butler's Legless Lizard, Spinifex Snake-lizard 
SynonymDelma butleri STORR 1987: 346
Delma butleri — KLUGE 1993
Delma butleri — COGGER 2000: 286
Delma butleri — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, North Territory, S Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, West Australia)

Type locality: 5 km SE Gnaraloo, WA, in 23°52'S 113°32'E. Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: WAM R76742 

Synonymy: Delma haroldi STORR 1987 has been removed from the synonymy of D. butleri. The range of D. haroldi lies within the range of D. butleri.

Diagnosis: A small Delma without dark or pale bands across top of head and neck. Distinguishable from D. nasuta by fewer and differently patterned loreals, shorter and darker snout, dark brown upper labials variably marked with white (rather than brownish white, narrowly edged above with dark brown), dorsals dark brown finely edged with blackish (rather than pale brown, spotted dark brown) and ventrals and subcaudals never dark-edged. Distinguishable from D. grayii G.M. Storr by finely dark-edged dorsals and little or no development of ventrolateral vertical barring behind ear. 
EtymologyAfter naturalist W.H. (Harry) Butler, who was first to collect this species for the Western Australian Museum (on 30 December 1961 at Queen Victoria Spring). 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Jennings, W.B.; Pianka, E.R. & Donnellan, S. 2003. Systematics of the lizard family Pygopodidae with implications for the diversification of Australian temperate biotas. Systematic Biology 52: 757-780 - get paper here
  • Maryan, B. 2005. A HERPETOFAUNA HOTSPOT, THE CENTRAL WEST COAST OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA. Western Australian Naturalist 25 (1): 1-24
  • Maryan,B., Aplin,K., & Adams,M. 2007. Two new species of the Delma tincta group (Squamata: Pygopodidae) from northwestern Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 23: 273-305 - get paper here
  • Pianka, E. R. 1969. Habitat specificity, speciation, and species density in Australian desert lizards. Ecology 50 (3): 498-502 - get paper here
  • Pianka, E. R. 1986. Ecology and Natural History of Desert Lizards. Analyses of the Ecological Niche and Community Structure. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey
  • Pianka, E. R. 2010. Notes on the ecology of four species of pygopodid lizards in the Great Victoria Desert. Western Australian Naturalist 27: 175-181
  • Shea, G. M. 1991. Revisionary notes on the genus Delma (Squamata: Pygopodidae) in South Australia and the Northern Territory. Rec. South Austral. Mus. 25: 71-90 - get paper here
  • Storr, G. M. 1987. Three new legless lizards (Pygopodidae) from Western Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 13 (4): 345—355. - 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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