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||Diagnosis. A moderately robust, medium-sized 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, 63 or more mid-body scale rows, ≤28 fourth toe lamellae, and with pale yellow dorsolateral stripes. Further distinguished from D. valens by smaller body size, less robust habitus, scalation less spiny, slightly longer limbs and tail, lighter background color, fewer dark crossbands and medial marking on gular region usually absent.|
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.|