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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
Ctenophorus clayi — CHAPPLE et al. 2019: 58 
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. 
  • Anonymous 1967. Type Specimens in the Western Australian Museum (Part 8). Annual Report, Western Australian Museum, 1966-67, Perth, pp. 59-60
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Chapple, David G.; Reid Tingley, Nicola J. Mitchell, Stewart L. Macdonald, J. Scott Keogh, Glenn M. Shea, Philip Bowles, Neil A. Cox, John C. Z. Woinarski 2019. The Action Plan for Australian Lizards and Snakes 2017. CSIRO, 663 pp. DOI: 10.1071/9781486309474 - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • 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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