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Diporiphora pindan STORR, 1980

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Pindan (Two-line) Dragon 
SynonymDiporiphora pindan STORR 1980: 256
Diporiphora pindan — COGGER 2000: 332
Diporiphora pindan — DOUGHTY et al. 2012
Diporiphora pindan — CHAPPLE et al. 2019: 80 
DistributionAustralia (N Western Australia)

Type locality: 5 km N of Coulomb Point, in 17° 18’ S, 122° 10’ E, W. A.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R58402 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small Diporiphora with homogeneous dorsals, no gular fold, no post- auricular fold or spine, and very weak scapular fold. Most like winneckei but distinguishable by its more strongly keeled scales (e.g. gulars weakly keeled, rather than smooth), stouter body and limbs, larger head and narrower vertebral stripe [STORR 1980].

Diagnosis. A slender, small-bodied Diporiphora, with no gular or post-auricular folds, and a weak scapular fold, no crests on the forebody, homogeneous dorsal scales with keels parallel to midline, 0–4 precloacal pores, no femoral pores, 64 or more mid-body scale rows, <24 lamellae on the fourth toe, coloration not yellow-green, and usually with prominent dorsolateral stripes [DOUGHTY et al. 2012]. 
CommentBehavior: The species is diurnal (McAlpin, 1996). It is also semi-arboreal, being found in low vegetation (McAlpin, 1996).

Habitat. Occurs in vegetation associated with sands, such as Spinifex, grasses, and Acacia. Observed perching on vegetation in the day and while asleep at night; some individuals were found under low ground cover and one specimen was dug from a burrow. 
EtymologyThe specific name refers to the pindan country of the south-west Kimberley region where the type series was collected and to which it was believed to be confined. 
  • 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.
  • DOUGHTY, PAUL; LUKE KEALLEY & JANE MELVILLE 2012. Taxonomic assessment of Diporiphora (Reptilia: Agamidae) dragon lizards from the western arid zone of Australia. Zootaxa 3518: 1–24 - get paper here
  • 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
  • McAlpin, Steve 1996. A range extension for the dragon Diporiphora pindan. Herpetofauna (Sydney) 26 (1): 47
  • Storr G M 1980. Two new Diporiphora (Lacertilia, Agamidae) from Western Australia. Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 7 (2): 255-263 [1979] - 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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