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Diporiphora valens STORR, 1980

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesSouthern Pilbara Spinifex Dragon, Southern Pilbara Tree Dragon, Pilbara Two-line Dragon 
SynonymDiporiphora valens STORR 1980: 260
Diporiphora valens — COGGER 2000: 334
Diporiphora valens — DOUGHTY et al. 2012 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia: S Pilbara region, Hamersley Range)

Type locality: near Tom Price, in ca. 22° 45’ S, 117° 45’ E, W. A.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: WAM R31009 
CommentHabitat. Specimens have been collected from stands of Acacia and from Spinifex bushes.] 
EtymologyThe specific name valens is Latin for strong (according to Storr et al. 1983, not the original description), presumably in reference to the habitus and scalation relative to ‘D. winneckei’ (= D. adductus sp. nov. and D. paraconvergens sp. nov.), which Storr compared them to. 
References
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 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
  • Maryan, Brad and Jeff Turpin 2012. NATURAL HISTORY NOTES ON TWO PILBARA ENDEMIC LIZARDS, DIPORIPHORA VALENS AND VARANUS BUSHI, WITH BRIEF COMMENTS ON SURVEY METHODOLOGY. The Western Australian Naturalist 28: 274-279
  • Storr G M 1980. Two new Diporiphora (Lacertilia, Agamidae) from Western Australia. Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 7 (2): 255-263 [1979] - 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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