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Delma concinna (KLUGE, 1974)

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Higher TaxaPygopodidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesDelma concinna concinna (KLUGE 1974)
Delma concinna major (STORR 1987) 
Common NamesE: Javelin Lizard 
SynonymAclys concinna KLUGE 1974: 46
Aclys concinna — COGGER 2000: 278
Delma concinna — JENNINGS et al. 2003
Delma concinna — WILSON & SWAN 2010

Delma concinna major (STORR 1987)
Aclys concinna major STORR 1987: 354
Delma concinna major — COGGER 2014 
DistributionAustralia (coastal SW Western Australia)

concinna: lower west coast of Western Australia; Type locality: Sorrento, 11 mi NW of Perth, W. A.

major: Shark Bay region; Type locality: 2 km N Tamala, WA, in 26°40'S, 113°43'E.  
Typesholotype: WAM R17312
Holotype: WAM R66192 [major] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (concinna): A relatively small (total length 177-496 mm, N 42) and pale subspecies with dorsal pattem consisting mainly of three blackish lines or series of spots; venter white or pale grey, occasionally with pale brown spots [STORR 1987: 353].

Diagnosis (major): A relatively large (total length 538-542 mm, N 2) and dark subspecies of A. concinna with dorsal pattern consisting of a broad, blackish, longitudinal stripe; venter white, spotted with dark brown. 
CommentLimb morphology: Limbless.

Type species: Aclys concinna KLUGE 1974 is the type species of the genus Aclys KLUGE 1974, which was synonymized with Delma by Kluge 1976. Subsequent authors have accepted or rejected the validity of Aclys (see Jennings et al. 2003). 
EtymologyNamed after the Latin word “aclys” for “short javelin”.

The epithet concinna means skillfully joined, neatly arranged. 
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  • 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.
  • Ellis, Ryan J.; Paul Doughty and Aaron M. Bauer 2018. An annotated type catalogue of the geckos and pygopods (Squamata: Gekkota: Carphodactylidae, Diplodactylidae, Gekkonidae, Pygopodidae) in the collection of the Western Australian Museum. Records of the Western Australian Museum 33: 051–094 - get paper here
  • Jennings, W.B.; Pianka, E.R. & Donnellan, S. 2003. Systematics of the lizard family Pygopodidae with implications for the diversification of Australian temperate biotas. Systematic Biology 52: 757-780 - get paper here
  • Kluge, A. G. 1974. A taxonomic revision of the lizard family Pygopodidae. Miscellaneous Publications, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, (147): 1-221. - get paper here
  • Kluge, Arnold G. 1976. Phylogenetic relationships in the lizard family Pygopodidae: an evaluation of theory, methods and data. Miscellaneous Publications, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan (152): 1-72 - get paper here
  • Storr, G. M. 1987. Three new legless lizards (Pygopodidae) from Western Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 13 (4): 345—355. - 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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