Diporiphora valens STORR, 1980
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Diporiphora valens?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Southern Pilbara Spinifex Dragon, Southern Pilbara Tree Dragon, Pilbara Two-line Dragon|
|Synonym||Diporiphora valens STORR 1980: 260|
Diporiphora valens — COGGER 2000: 334
Diporiphora valens — DOUGHTY et al. 2012
Diporiphora valens — CHAPPLE et al. 2019: 81
|Distribution||Australia (Western Australia: S Pilbara region, Hamersley Range)|
Type locality: near Tom Price, in ca. 22° 45’ S, 117° 45’ E, W. A.
|Types||Holotype: WAM R31009|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A medium-sized Diporiphora with homogeneous dorsals, strong gular and scapular folds and usually some indication of post-auricular fold, ridge or spines. Further distinguishable from D. winneckei by its greater size, stouter body and limbs, larger and more strongly keeled scales (e.g. gulars weakly keeled, rather than smooth) and narrower vertebral stripe [STORR 1980].|
Diagnosis. A robust, medium-large Diporiphora, with gular and scapular folds, post-auricular fold weak, no crests on the forebody, homogeneous dorsal scales with keels parallel to midline, 2–4 precloacal pores, no femoral pores, 60 or fewer mid-body scale rows, ≤25 fourth toe lamellae, and with pale yellow dorsolateral stripes. Further distinguished from D. vescus sp. nov. by larger body size, more robust habitus, spinier scalation, slightly shorter limbs and tail, darker background color, more dark crossbands and a medial marking on gular region [DOUGHTY et al. 2012
|Comment||Habitat. Specimens have been collected from stands of Acacia and from Spinifex bushes.]|
|Etymology||The 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.|