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Cryptagama aurita (STORR, 1981)

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Gravel Dragon 
SynonymTympanocryptis aurita STORR 1981
Cryptagama aurita — WITTEN 1984
Amphibolurus auritus — COGGER 1983:
Cryptagama aurita — MANTHEY & SCHUSTER 1999: 46
Cryptagama aurita — COGGER 2000: 307
Cryptagama aurita — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, Western Australia)

Type locality: 27 km SSE of Halls Creek, Western Australia, 18°27’ S, 127°45’ E.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R66296 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus): Small, very short-legged agamid, with blunt-tipped tail shorter than SVL; dorsals markedly heterogeneous (small scales intermixed with scattered enlarged blunt tubercles); tympanum large and obvious; upper labial scales form fringe along upper lip; femoral and pre-anal pores 10-18, more prominent in males (J. Melville, pers. comm., 8 Sep 2021).

Diagnosis: Limbs and tail short, the tail shorter than snout-vent length. Canthus rostralis absent. Femoral pores in widely spaced series on middle to posterior part of lower surface of thigh, each pore penetrating a scale. Enlarged tubercles scattered across entire dorsal surface, extending onto limbs and tail. Supralabial scales forming denticulate fringe along upper lip. Scales very small, mid-body scale count 140-164. Tympanum large and superficial. Pes phalangeal formula [WITTEN 1984]. 
CommentNot listed by COGGER 1983.

Type species: Tympanocryptis aurita STORR 1981 is the type species of the genus Cryptagama WITTEN 1984. 
EtymologyEtymology (genus): The generic name comes from the Greek kryptos meaning hidden or secret and the type genus of the family, Agama. 
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