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Diporiphora vescus DOUGHTY, KEALLEY & MELVILLE, 2012

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesNorthern Pilbara Tree Dragon 
SynonymDiporiphora vescus DOUGHTY, KEALLEY & MELVILLE 2012 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia: northern Pilbara region)

Type locality: 86 km south of Port Hedland (21°03′36′′S, 118°45′00′′E), Western Australia  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: WAM R145536, an adult male collected in May 2001 by R.J. Teale and colleagues.
Paratypes. All from Western Australia. WAM R30427, collected 16 km south-west of Port Hedland (20°26′S, 118°33′E); WAM R117871, collected 1 km north of Mundalbullangana Homestead (20°30′S, 118°03′E); WAM R161256, collected 45 km north-east of Whim Creek (20°36′26′′S, 118°09′23′′E); WAM R163224, collected at Cape Lambert (20°37′17′′S, 117°09′06′′E). 
CommentHabitat. Specimens have been collected on sandy and clayey alluvial and colluvial surfaces, and on coastal sand dunes. Two individuals were initially detected perched on fence posts. 
EtymologyThe specific name vescus is Latin for weak, poor, thin, or little, in reference to the more gracile build and less spiny scalation relative to D. valens. Used as a noun in apposition. 
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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