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Diporiphora paraconvergens DOUGHTY, KEALLEY & MELVILLE, 2012

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesGrey-striped Western Desert Dragon 
SynonymDiporiphora paraconvergens DOUGHTY, KEALLEY & MELVILLE 2012 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia: Great Sandy Desert, NW South Australia, probably SW arid Northern Territory)

Type locality: 23 km north-east of Warrawagine Homestead, Pilbara Biodiversity Survey quadrat PHYE01 (20°41′54′′S, 120°51′23′′E), Western Australia  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: WAM R163948, an adult male collected on 6 October 2006 by J.K. Rolfe, A.H. Burbidge and T. Rolfe.
Paratypes. All from Western Australia. WAM R63525, 2 km NNE of Murguga, Well 39, Canning Stock Route (21°46′S, 125°40′E); WAM R131073, collected at Kiwirrkurra (22°49′S, 127°45′E); WAM R133348 and WAM R133475, collected at Lake Mackay (22°26′47′′S, 128°17′33′′E); WAM R137921, collected at Telfer (21°43′38′′S, 122°1′06′′E); WAM R164250, collected at Mina Mina Clutterbuck Hills, Gibson Desert (24°31′02′′S, 126°13′04′′E). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Distinguished from other Diporiphora (except D. convergens and D. winneckei) by possession of posterior dorsal scales with keels that converge towards midline. Further distinguished from D. convergens by possession of weak post-auricular fold and vertebral, dorsolateral, and lateral lines. Distinguished from D. winneckei by possession of two precloacal pores (vs. zero), no reduction of scale size on upper lateral region, longer tail, and thin dark markings to either side of midline of gular region (vs. thick medial marking).
 
CommentHabitat. Occurs primarily on sand dunes, perching on a variety of foliage including Acacia, Grevillea, and Spinifex. 
EtymologyThe specific name is in allusion to the similar orientation of the scales on the posterior of the dorsum in D. paraconvergens sp. nov., D. convergens and D. winneckei. 
References
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • DOUGHTY, PAUL; LUKE KEALLEY & JANE MELVILLE 2012. Taxonomic assessment of Diporiphora (Reptilia: Agamidae) dragon lizards from the western arid zone of Australia. Zootaxa 3518: 1–24 - get paper here
 
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