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Diporiphora pallida MELVILLE, DATE, HORNER & DOUGHTY, 2019

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Pale two-pored dragon 
SynonymDiporiphora pallida MELVILLE, DATE, HORNER & DOUGHTY 2019: 52 
DistributionAustralia (N Western Australia)

Type locality: Mitchell Plateau, WA (14° 49.45' S, 125° 42.12' E).  
TypesHolotype. WAM R177292 (formerly NMV D73853) (adult male), Collected by J. Melville on 12 September 2005. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Small body size (to 46 mm SVL), short tail (2.0 × SVL), robust head and prominent brow above eye. Gular fold strong, post-auricular fold weak, scapular fold present. Single canine in upper jaw, no granular scales in axilla. Pre-cloacal pores 2; femoral pores 0.

Comparison to other species. Unlike other dragons found in the northwest Kimberley, D. pallida sp. nov. appears to be a habitat specialist in spinifex grasses and has a distinctive morphology. Its distribution overlaps with D. margaretae, but differs in having a gular fold. It also differs from D. albilabris, D. bennettii and D. perplexa sp. nov. in having a single canine on either side of upper jaw and further differs from D. albilabris in lacking femoral pores. 
CommentDistribution: for a map see Melville et al. 2019: 53 (Fig. 22). 
EtymologyNamed for the pale appearance of this species in life. Used as an adjective. 
  • 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
  • Kwet, A. 2020. Liste der im Jahr 2019 neubeschriebenen Reptilien. Elaphe 2020 (3): 44-67
  • 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
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