Tympanocryptis condaminensis MELVILLE, SMITH, HOBSON, HUNJAN & SHOO, 2014
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Tympanocryptis condaminensis?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Condamine Earless Dragon|
|Synonym||Tympanocryptis condaminensis MELVILLE, SMITH, HOBSON, HUNJAN & SHOO 2014|
Currently known from the eastern Darling Downs, as far north as the Pirrinuan/Jimbour area, west as far as the town of Dalby and south to the township of Clifton. To the east it has been recorded to the eastern extremity of the Darling Downs in the Aubigny/Purrawunda area on the western outskirts of Toowoomba. Specific locations include: Oakey, Mt Tyson, Brookstead, Bongeen, and Bowenville.
Type locality: Oakey 30 km South, Queensland, Australia (27° 39’ S, 151° 36’ E).
|Types||Holotype: QM J34744 male.|
Paratypes. (4 specimens) QMJ81784 male Mt Tyson,
Bongeen area, Queensland, Australia (27u 359 S, 151u 339 E); QMJ81870 female Kunari, via Bongeen, Queensland, Australia (27° 32’ 6’’ S, 151° 26’ 46’’ E); QMJ81871 female Kunari, via Bongeen, Queensland, Australia (27u 329 60 S, 151u 269 460 E); QMJ82087 male Brookstead, Queensland, Australia (27° 42’ 59’’ S, 151° 28’ 20’’ E).
|Comment||Habitat. Occurs in the remnant native grasslands, croplands and roadside verges of the eastern Darling Downs. These grasslands occur on black cracking clays of the Condamine River floodplain.|
Distribution: The distribution of T. condaminensis sp. nov. is not believed to overlap with any other Tympanocrpytis, however, its distribution is geographically close to T. wilsoni sp. nov, which occurs in the Roma area, west of the Darling Downs. It is believed that both these species are restricted to grasslands and do not occur in the habitats between the Darling Downs and Roma-area grasslands. Thus, they are not believed to be sympatric at any locations.
|Etymology||Named for the Condamine River and its floodplain on which this species occurs.|