Delma butleri STORR, 1987
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Delma butleri?
|Higher Taxa||Pygopodidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Unbanded Delma, Butler's Legless Lizard, Spinifex Snake-lizard|
|Synonym||Delma butleri STORR 1987: 346|
Delma haroldi STORR 1987: 350
Delma butleri — KLUGE 1993
Delma butleri — COGGER 2000: 286
Delma haroldi — MARYAN et al. 2007
Delma haroldi — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 130
Delma butleri — WILSON & SWAN 2010
|Distribution||Australia (New South Wales, Northern Territory, S Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia)|
Type locality: 5 km SE Gnaraloo, WA, in 23°52'S 113°32'E.
haroldi: Australia (SW Northern Territory, Western Australia);Type locality: 1 km NNW Daroo, WA, in 22°41'S, 115°20'E.
|Types||Holotype: WAM R76742|
Holotype: WAM R85094 [haroldi]
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A small Delma without dark or pale bands across top of head and neck. Distinguishable from D. nasuta by fewer and differently patterned loreals, shorter and darker snout, dark brown upper labials variably marked with white (rather than brownish white, narrowly edged above with dark brown), dorsals dark brown finely edged with blackish (rather than pale brown, spotted dark brown) and ventrals and subcaudals never dark-edged. Distinguishable from D. grayii G.M. Storr by finely dark-edged dorsals and little or no development of ventrolateral vertical barring behind ear.|
Diagnosis (haroldi): A small Delma with two pairs of supranasals, fourth upper labial below eye, usually 16 midbody scale rows, and with very narrow pale bands on head and neck but no dark bands. Most like faintly patterned examples of D. borea but distinguishable by pale bands on head and neck being wavy (rather than straight), by additional pale band(s) on side of head between postocular and auricular bands, and by dark spot at apex of anterior dorsals.
|Comment||Limb morphology: Limbless.|
Synonymy: Shea (1991) considered D. haroldi a junior synonym of D. butleri. which was confirmed by Brennan et al. 2016), also it has been considered as valid by various recent authors. The range of D. haroldi lies within the range of D. butleri.
NCBI taxonID: 207581 [haroldi]
|Etymology||After naturalist W.H. (Harry) Butler, who was first to collect this species for the Western Australian Museum (on 30 December 1961 at Queen Victoria Spring).|
Delma haroldi was named after naturalist Gregory Harold, co-collector of the holotype.
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