Diporiphora vescus DOUGHTY, KEALLEY & MELVILLE, 2012
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Diporiphora vescus?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Northern Pilbara Tree Dragon|
|Synonym||Diporiphora vescus DOUGHTY, KEALLEY & MELVILLE 2012|
|Distribution||Australia (Western Australia: northern Pilbara region)|
Type locality: 86 km south of Port Hedland (21°03′36′′S, 118°45′00′′E), Western Australia
|Types||Holotype: 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).
|Comment||Habitat. 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.|
|Etymology||The 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.|