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Ctenophorus tjantjalka JOHNSTON, 1992

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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 
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. 
  • 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
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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