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Diporiphora albilabris STORR, 1974

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: White-lipped Two-line Dragon, Tar tar lizard 
SynonymDiporiphora albilabris STORR 1974
Diporiphora albilabris — COGGER 1983
Mantichorasaurus albilabris — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 18
Diporiphora albilabris — COGGER 2000: 328
Diporiphora albilabris — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Diporiphora albilabris — MELVILLE et al. 2019: 34
Diporiphora albilabris — CHAPPLE et al. 2019: 73 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, Western Australia)

Type locality: Mitchell Plateau, in 14° 48’ S, 125* 50’ E, W. A.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R43517 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Body size moderate (to 61 mm SVL), tail moderately long (from 1.8–2.5 × SVL). Gular and post-auricular folds present; scapular fold absent. White dorsolateral stripes on raised scale rows. Lacks dark smudge on posterior of tympanum. Scales between dorsolateral stripes are heterogeneous (fig. 10a), with paravertebral row reduced, 2nd paravertebral row enlarged. Pre-cloacal pores 4; femoral pores 2 (Melville et al. 2019: 34).

Comparison with other species. The distribution overlaps a number of other Diporiphora species in the Kimberley. From D. sobria it can be distinguished in lacking a scapular fold and having strongly heterogeneous scales between the pale dorsolateral stripes. It differs from D. perplexa sp. nov. in having heterogeneous dorsal scales, 2 (vs. 0) femoral pores and no dark markings on the tympanum. It differs from D. magna in having a gular fold, femoral pores, double canine teeth in upper jaw and white labial scales. It differs from D. margaretae in having a gular fold and double canine teeth on each side of upper jaw (Melville et al. 2019: 34). 
CommentDistribution: see map in Melville et al. 2019: 34 (Fig. 8). 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “albus, -a, -um” = white and “labrum” = lip. 
  • 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.
  • Ellis, Ryan J. 2019. An annotated type catalogue of the dragon lizards (Reptilia: Squamata: Agamidae) in the collection of the Western Australian Museum. Records of the Western Australian Museum 34: 115–132 - get paper here
  • Melville, J., Smith Date, K.L., Horner, P., and Doughty, P. 2019. Taxonomic revision of dragon lizards in the genus Diporiphora (Reptilia: Agamidae) from the Australian monsoonal tropics. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 78: 23–55 - get paper here
  • Storr, G. M. 1974. Agamid lizards of the genera Caimanops, Physignathus and Diporiphora in Western Australia and Northern Territory. Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 3: 121-146 - 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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