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Ctenophorus nuchalis (DE VIS, 1884)

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Central Netted Ground-dragon, Central Netted Dragon 
SynonymMacrops nuchalis DE VIS 1884: 97
Grammatophora inermis DE VIS 1888: 812
Amphibolurus reticulatus major STERNFELD 1919: 78 (fide LOVERIDGE 1934)
Amphibolurus reticulatus major — STERNFELD 1925: 233
Amphibolurus inermis — STORR 1966
Amphibolurus inermis — WERMUTH 1967: 29
Amphibolurus nuchalis — COGGER 1983
Ctenophorus nuchalis — MANTHEY & SCHUSTER 1999: 49
Ctenophorus nuchalis — COGGER 2000: 318
Ctenophorus nuchalis — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia)

Type locality: Delta Station, Bogantungan, Queensland
Type locality: Hermannsburg Mission, upper Finke River, N. T. [Amphibolurus reticulatus major; designated for lectotype].
Type locality: Central Queensland [inermis]  
TypesLectotype: QM J1405. Designation by Wells & Wellington, 1985.
Lectotype: SMF 10316, designated by Mertens 1967
Paralectotype: ZMB 29649, "Hermannsburg, Zentralaustralien", leg. M. Leonhardi. Terra typica: Missionsstation Hermannsburg, Oberer Finke-Fluß, südlich des Macdonnel-Ranges, Zentralaustralien [= Nord-Territorium] [Amphibolurus reticulatus major] 
CommentSynonymy that of Cogger 1983.

Habitat: burrowing.

Abundance: quite common, with more than 400 specimens collected (Pianka 2011) 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - 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.
  • De Vis, C. W. 1884. On new species of Australian lizards. Proc. Roy. Soc. Queensland 1: 97-100 - get paper here
  • De Vis, C. W. 1888. A contribution to the herpetology of Queensland. Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales (2) 2: 811-826 [1887] - get paper here
  • Dittmer, D. E., Chapman, T. L. & Bidwell, J. R. 2020. In the shadow of an iconic inselberg: Uluru’s shadow influences climates and reptile assemblage structure at its base. J. Arid Environ. 181, 104179 (2020) - get paper here
  • 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
  • Klages,H.G. 1982. Pflege und Nachzucht der australischen Bodenagame Amphibolurus nuchalis. Salamandra 18 (1-2): 65-70 - get paper here
  • Manthey,U. & SCHUSTER,N. 1999. Agamen, 2. Aufl. Natur und Tier Verlag (Münster), 120 pp. - get paper here
  • McGregor, L.K., C.B. Daniels & T.E. Nicholas 1993. Lung Ultrastructure and the Surfactant-Like System of the Central Netted Dragon, Ctenophorus nuchalis Copeia 1993 (2): 326-333. - 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
  • Mertens, R. 1967. Die herpetologische Sektion des Natur-Museums und Forschungs-Institutes Senckenberg in Frankfurt am Main nebst einem Verzeichnis ihrer Typen. Senckenbergiana Biologica 48: 1-106 - get paper here
  • Pianka, Eric R. 1971. Comparative ecology of two lizards. Copeia 1971 (1): 129-138 - get paper here
  • Sternfeld, R. 1919. Neue Schlangen und Echsen aus Zentralaustralien. Senckenbergiana 1: 76-83 - get paper here
  • Sternfeld, R. 1925. Beiträge zur Herpetologie Inner-Australiens. Abhandlungen Herausgegeben von der Senckenbergischen Naturforschenden Gesellschaft, 38: 221—251
  • Storr, G. M. 1966. The Amphibolurus reticulatus species-group (Lacertilia: Agamidae) in Western Australia. J R. Soc. West. Aust. 49: 17-25
  • Swan, G.; Sadlier, R.; Shea, G. 2017. A field guide to reptiles of New South Wales. Reed New Holland, 328 pp.
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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