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Ctenophorus tjantjalka JOHNSTON, 1992

IUCN Red List - Ctenophorus tjantjalka - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymCtenophorus tjantjalka JOHNSTON 1992
Ctenophorus tjantjalka — COGGER 2000: 744
Ctenophorus tjantjalia — GREER 2006 (online)
Ctenophorus tjantjalka — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Ctenophorus tjantjalka — CHAPPLE et al. 2019: 71 
DistributionAustralia (NC South Australia)

Type locality: N Mabel Range, South Australia, ca. 27.589° S, 135.44° E (see comment).  
TypesHolotype: SAMA R17934a 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A member of the Ctenophorus decresii group (sensu Houston 1974 and 1978, cf Storr, Smith & Johnstone 1983). Distinguishable from all other members of this group in the following combination of charaeters: snout seales wrinkled; vertebral keel line present, at least anteriorly; flanks with pale cream to pale salmon pink patches on a grey-brown background in adult males; large pale grey to white spots present on dorsum in females and juveniles; tail without broad alternate dark and pale bands [from JOHNSTON 1992]. 
CommentLifestyle: saxicolous.

Type locality. The coordinates in original paper (26° 45’ S, 113° 48’ E) are wrong; the given location is in W Australia, not South Australia. The correct coordinates are provided above. 
  • 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.
  • Johnston G R 1992. Ctenophorus tjantjalka, a new dragon lizard (Lacertilia: Agamidae) from northern South Australia. Rec. South Austral. Mus. 26 (1): 51-59 - 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
  • Ramos JA and Peters RA 2021. Territorial Displays of the Ctenophorus decresii. Front. Ecol. Evol. 9:731705 - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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