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Delma desmosa MARYAN, APLIN & ADAMS, 2007

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Higher TaxaPygopodidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesDesert Delma 
SynonymDelma desmosa MARYAN, APLIN & ADAMS 2007
Delma desmosa — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: Site Coma 4, Little Sandy Desert, Western Australia (24° 06’ 17’’ S, 120° 19’ 30’’ E)  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: WAM 102657 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A moderately small, stout species of Delma (SVL up to 90mm) with modally 16 midbody scales, two pairs of supranasals and distinctive dark dorsal head markings present throughout life (any ontogenetic fading is restricted to markings forward of the eyes). 
Comment 
Etymologynamed after Greek “desmos” = chain or band, in reference to the distinctive dorsal head bands of this species. 
References
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Ellis, Ryan J.; Paul Doughty and Aaron M. Bauer 2018. An annotated type catalogue of the geckos and pygopods (Squamata: Gekkota: Carphodactylidae, Diplodactylidae, Gekkonidae, Pygopodidae) in the collection of the Western Australian Museum Records of the Western Australian Museum 33: 051–094 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
 
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