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Ctenophorus fordi (STORR, 1965)

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Mallee Sand-dragon, Mallee Dragon 
SynonymAmphibolurus fordi STORR 1965
Amphibolurus fordi — COGGER 1983
Phthanodon fordi — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 18
Phthanodon hawkeswoodi — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 18 (fide SHEA 1999)
Ctenophorus fordi — MANTHEY & SCHUSTER 1999: 48
Ctenophorus fordi — COGGER 2000: 315
Ctenophorus fordi — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Ctenophorus fordi — SADLIER et al. 2019 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia; from Comet Vale and Coolgardie eastwards to the southern rim of the Victoria desert)

Type locality: 12 mi NW of Coolgardie, in 30'49’ S, 121° 02’ E, Western Australia  
TypesHolotype: WAM R19151 
CommentHabitat: shrubs, hummock grass.

Synonymy: Eastern populations of this species have been split off as C. spinodomus.

Distribution: see revised map in Sadlier et al. 2019: 203 (Fig. 2: groups 3-5). 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Julian Ralph Ford (1932-1987), an ornithologist, herpetologist, and chemist who worked at the Western Australian Museum. He collected the lizard holotype and many of the paratypes. 
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  • 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
  • Goldberg, Stephen R. 2008. Longitudinal variation in timing of the testicular cycle of the Mallee dragon, Ctenophorus fordi (Squamata: Agamidae) from Australia. Bull. Maryland Herp. Soc. 44 (4): 138 - get paper here
  • Manthey,U. & SCHUSTER,N. 1999. Agamen, 2. Aufl. Natur und Tier Verlag (Münster), 120 pp. - 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
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  • Sadlier, Ross A.; Donald J. Colgan; Cecilie A. Beatson; Harold G. Cogger 2019. Ctenophorus spinodomus sp. nov., a new species of dragon lizard (Squamata: Agamidae) from Triodia Mallee habitat of southeast Australia. Records of the Australian Museum 71(5): 199–215 - get paper here
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  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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