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Ctenophorus clayi (STORR, 1967)

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Black-shouldered Ground-dragon 
SynonymAmphibolurus clayi STORR 1967: 24
Amphibolurus clayi — COGGER 1983
Ctenophorus raffertyi WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 17 (fide SHEA 1999)
Ctenophorus clayi — GREER 1991
Ctenophorus clayi — COGGER 2000: 311
Ctenophorus clayi — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia)

Type locality: 3 mi S of Learmonth, in 22° 16’ S, 114'06’ E, Western Australia  
TypesHolotype: WAM R14462 
CommentLifestyle: burrowing.

Abundance: common (Pianka 2011) 
EtymologyNamed after Brian T. Clay (1950-2004), a forestry official in East Africa who moved to Australia (1960), where he worked as a field assistant for the Zoology Department, University of Western Australia. Clay helped to collect the holotype. 
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  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
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  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Doughty, P.; Maryan, B.; Melville, J. & Austin, J. 2007. A new species of Ctenophorus (Lacertlia: Agamidae) from Lake Disappointment, Western Australia. Herpetologica 63 (1): 72-86 - get paper here
  • Ellis, Ryan J. 2019. An annotated type catalogue of the dragon lizards (Reptilia: Squamata: Agamidae) in the collection of the Western Australian Museum. Records of the Western Australian Museum 34: 115–132 - get paper here
  • Greer A E 1991. Limb reduction in Squamates: identification of the lineages and discussion of the trends. Journal of Herpetology 25 (2): 166-173 - get paper here
  • Greer, A.E. 1987. Observations on the osteology and natural history of the agamid lizard Ctenophorus clayi. Western Australian Naturalist 17 (1): 5-7 - get paper here
  • Melville, Jane; Schulte, James A.; Larson, Allan 2001. A molecular phylogenetic study of ecological diversification in the Australian lizard genus Ctenophorus. Journal of Experimental Zoology: Molecular and Developmental Evolution 291(4): 339-353 - get paper here
  • Pianka, E. R. 1969. Habitat specificity, speciation, and species density in Australian desert lizards. Ecology 50 (3): 498-502 - get paper here
  • Storr, G. M. 1966. The Amphibolurus reticulatus species-group (Lacertilia: Agamidae) in Western Australia. J R. Soc. West. Aust. 49: 17-25
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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