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Delma impar (FISCHER, 1882)

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Higher TaxaPygopodidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Many-lined Delma, Striped Legless lizard 
SynonymPseudodelma impar FISCHER 1882
Delma impar — BOULENGER 1885: 244
Delma lineata ROSÉN 1905
Delma impar — KLUGE 1974: 98
Delma impar — KLUGE 1993
Delma impar — COGGER 2000: 289
Delma impar — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria)

Type locality: Melbourne; neotype from Hamilton, 37° 45’ S, 142° 02’ E, Vic.  
TypesNeotype: NMV D10883, designated by Kluge (1974). Holotype: originally in MTD (= MTKD) D158, presumed destroyed fide Obst (1977) cited in COGGER 1983. 
CommentSynonymy after COGGER 1983.

Limb morphology: Limbless. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp. - 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.
  • Dorrough, J. W.;Close, P.;Williams, L. 1996. Rediscovery of the striped legless lizard Delma impar (Pygopodidae), on the Monaro Plains of NSW. Herpetofauna (Sydney) 26 (2): 52-53
  • Dorrough, J.; Ash, J.E. 1999. Using past and present habitat to predict the current distribution and abundance of a rare cryptic lizard, Delma impar (Pygopodidae). Austral Ecology 24(6):614-624. - get paper here
  • Fischer, J. G. 1882. Herpetologische Bemerkungen. I. Bemerkungen über einzelne Stücke der Schlangensammlung des kön. Zoologischen Museums in Dresden. . II. Neue Eidechen aus Australien und Polynesien. Archiv für Naturgeschichte 48: 281-302 - get paper here
  • Husband, G. 1995. A new northern limit for the striped legless lizard Delma impar. Herpetofauna (Sydney) 25 (1): 44-45
  • Kinghorn, J. Roy 1926. A brief review of the family Pygopodidae. Rec. Austral. Mus. 15 (1): 40-64 - 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
  • O'Shea, Megan 2017. Identification of individual Striped Legless Lizards 'Delma impar' using the dorsal head scale pattern. Victorian Naturalist 134 (6) - get paper here
  • Obst, F. J. 1977. Die herpetologische Sammlung des Staatlichen Museums für Tierkunde Dresden und ihre Typusexemplare. Zool. Abh. Mus. Tierk. Dresden 34: 171-186.
  • Rosen, N. 1905. List of the lizards in the Zoological Museum of Lund, with descriptions of new species. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (7) 16:129-142 - get paper here
  • Shea, G. M. 1991. Revisionary notes on the genus Delma (Squamata: Pygopodidae) in South Australia and the Northern Territory. Rec. South Austral. Mus. 25: 71-90 - get paper here
  • Shea, Glenn 1993. A newly discovered old record of the endangered striped legless lizard, Delma impar (Squamata: Pygopodidae). Herpetofauna (Sydney) 23 (2): 13
  • 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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