Diporiphora pallida MELVILLE, DATE, HORNER & DOUGHTY, 2019
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Diporiphora pallida?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Pale two-pored dragon|
|Synonym||Diporiphora pallida MELVILLE, DATE, HORNER & DOUGHTY 2019: 52|
|Distribution||Australia (N Western Australia)|
Type locality: Mitchell Plateau, WA (14° 49.45' S, 125° 42.12' E).
|Types||Holotype. WAM R177292 (formerly NMV D73853) (adult male), Collected by J. Melville on 12 September 2005.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Small body size (to 46 mm SVL), short tail (2.0 × SVL), robust head and prominent brow above eye. Gular fold strong, post-auricular fold weak, scapular fold present. Single canine in upper jaw, no granular scales in axilla. Pre-cloacal pores 2; femoral pores 0.|
Comparison to other species. Unlike other dragons found in the northwest Kimberley, D. pallida sp. nov. appears to be a habitat specialist in spinifex grasses and has a distinctive morphology. Its distribution overlaps with D. margaretae, but differs in having a gular fold. It also differs from D. albilabris, D. bennettii and D. perplexa sp. nov. in having a single canine on either side of upper jaw and further differs from D. albilabris in lacking femoral pores.
|Comment||Distribution: for a map see Melville et al. 2019: 53 (Fig. 22).|
|Etymology||Named for the pale appearance of this species in life. Used as an adjective.|