Tympanocryptis pinguicolla MITCHELL, 1948
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Tympanocryptis pinguicolla?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Grassland Earless Dragon|
|Synonym||Tympanocryptis lineata pinguicolla MITCHELL 1948|
Tympanocryptis lineata pinguicolla — WORRELL 1963: 76
Tympanocryptis telecom WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 20
Tympanocryptis pinguicolla — SMITH et al. 1999
Tympanocryptis pinguicolla — STARR & LEUNG 2006
|Distribution||Australia (Victoria and SE New South Wales)|
Type locality: Southern Victoria. Map legend:
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
|Types||Holotype: SAMA R2468a, from S Vic.|
|Comment||Habitat: Tympanocryptis pinguicolla is a habitat specialist, occurring only in grasslands and using spider burrows as retreat sites (Smith et al. 1999; Scott and Keogh 2000). The dramatic reduction in native grasslands has meant that suitable habitat for T. pinguicolla has greatly diminished and the species is now formally listed as endangered throughout its range (Robertson and Cooper 2000, Web site below).|
Synonymy: Tympanocryptis telecom WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985 is most likely a synonym of T. pinguicolla. The authors provide only a short (and practically useless) diagnosis: “A small stout member of the Tympanocryptis lineata complex, most closely allied to Tympanocryptis pinguicolla of southern Victoria and readily identified by consulting the description in Jenkins and Bartell (1980:96-97, Plate on page 97) who regard this species as Tympanocryptis lineata pinguicolla.”