Diporiphora pindan STORR, 1980
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Diporiphora pindan?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Pindan (Two-line) Dragon|
|Synonym||Diporiphora pindan STORR 1980: 256|
Diporiphora pindan — COGGER 2000: 332
Diporiphora pindan — DOUGHTY et al. 2012
|Distribution||Australia (N Western Australia)|
Type locality: 5 km N of Coulomb Point, in 17° 18’ S, 122° 10’ E, W. A.
|Types||Holotype: WAM R58402|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A small Diporiphora with homogeneous dorsals, no gular fold, no post- auricular fold or spine, and very weak scapular fold. Most like winneckei but distinguishable by its more strongly keeled scales (e.g. gulars weakly keeled, rather than smooth), stouter body and limbs, larger head and narrower vertebral stripe [STORR 1980].|
Diagnosis. A slender, small-bodied Diporiphora, with no gular or post-auricular folds, and a weak scapular fold, no crests on the forebody, homogeneous dorsal scales with keels parallel to midline, 0–4 precloacal pores, no femoral pores, 64 or more mid-body scale rows, <24 lamellae on the fourth toe, coloration not yellow-green, and usually with prominent dorsolateral stripes [DOUGHTY et al. 2012].
|Comment||Behavior: The species is diurnal (McAlpin, 1996). It is also semi-arboreal, being found in low vegetation (McAlpin, 1996).|
Habitat. Occurs in vegetation associated with sands, such as Spinifex, grasses, and Acacia. Observed perching on vegetation in the day and while asleep at night; some individuals were found under low ground cover and one specimen was dug from a burrow.
|Etymology||The specific name refers to the pindan country of the south-west Kimberley region where the type series was collected and to which it was believed to be confined.|
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