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Delma molleri LÜTKEN, 1863

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Higher TaxaPygopodidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Gulfs Delma 
SynonymDelma Mölleri LÜTKEN 1863: 296
Delma molleri — KLUGE 1974: 105
Delma molleri — SHEA 1991: 86
Delma molleri — KLUGE 1993
Delma molleri — COGGER 2000: 290
Delma molleri — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (South Australia)

Type locality: unknown, restricted to one mi NE of Tea Tree Gully, S. A. by Kluge (1974).  
TypesHolotype: ZMUC (also as UZM) R3503 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Molleri differs from all other species in the genus Delma in possessing the following combination of character states: a) usually five loreal scales, b) usually five anterior orbital scales, c) almost always four frontal scales, d) fourth supralabial below orbit, e) usually 14 gular scales, f) ventral scales in males average 72.7, in females 76.1, g) usually 18 midbody scale rows, h) one pair of ventral body scales enlarged, i) three preanal scales, j) dorsal head bands almost always present, k) throat immaculate, 1) dorsal and ventral body pattern usually absent (Figs. 65-8). (Kluge 1974) 
CommentHabitat: The lizard has been recorded from a variety of habitats ranging from grassland to woodland beneath rocks, timber and rubbish (Shea, 1991).

Limb morphology: Limbless. 
EtymologyNamed after the collector of the type, “Möller”. 
  • Andrews, Robin M. A 2019. Flap-Footed Lizards (Gekkota: Pygopodidae) Have Forelimbs, Albeit During Embryonic Development. Journal of Herpetology 53 (3): 252-256 - 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.
  • Kluge, Arnold G. 1976. Phylogenetic relationships in the lizard family Pygopodidae: an evaluation of theory, methods and data. Miscellaneous Publications, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan (152): 1-72 - get paper here
  • Lütken, C. 1863. Nogle nye krybdyr og padder. Videnskabelige Meddelelser f ra den Naturhistoriske Forening i Kjöbenhavn (20—22): 292—311
  • MAHONY, S. V., CUTAJAR, T., & ROWLEY, J. J. 2022. A new species of Delma Gray 1831 (Squamata: Pygopodidae) from the Hunter Valley and Liverpool Plains of New South Wales. Zootaxa 5162 (5): 541-556 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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