Diporiphora bennettii (GRAY, 1845)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Diporiphora bennettii?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Kimberley sandstone dragon, Robust Two-line Dragon|
|Synonym||Gindalia bennettii GRAY 1845|
Diporiphora bennettii — BOULENGER 1885: 395
Diporiphora bennettii — COGGER 1983
Diporiphora bennettii — MANTHEY & SCHUSTER 1999: 53
Diporiphora bennettii — COGGER 2000: 329
Diporiphora bennettii — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Diporiphora bennettii — MELVILLE et al. 2019: 36
|Distribution||NW Australia (Western Australia: Kimberleys to adjacent Northern Territory)|
Type locality: "N. W. Coast of Australia".
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 1918.104.22.168|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Small body size (to 55 mm SVL) and short tail (<2.0 × SVL), with robust habitus and wide head with short snout. Gular fold present, post-auricular fold strong, scapular fold weak. Dorsals homogeneous, scales in axilla not granular. Lacks dorsolateral stripes. Usually lacks dark smudge on tympanum, although some individuals have a faint dark spot on posterior edge of tympanum. Pre-cloacal pores 2; femoral pores 0 (Melville et al. 2019: 36).|
Comparison to other species. This species is similar to D. perplexa sp. nov., with extensive distributional overlap and occurring in similar habitats, but differs in having a much smaller body size, a short tail and no dorsolateral stripes. It differs from D. albilabris in having a smaller body size, a short tail, no femoral pores, homogeneous dorsal scales and in pattern by lacking any prominent vertebral or dorsolateral stripes. It differs from D. magna and D. margaretae in having a smaller body size, a short tail, a gular fold and a pair of enlarged canines on each side of upper jaw. It differs from D. pallida sp. nov. in having two canine teeth on each side of upper jaw (Melville et al. 2019: 36).
|Comment||Diporiphora bennettii arnhemica has been elevated to full species status.|
Group: The D. bennettii species group contains the following species: albilabris, bennettii, perplexa, sobria (fide Melville et al. 2019: 34).
Distribution: see map in Melville et al. 2019: 34 (Fig. 8).