Pletholax edelensis (STORR, 1978)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Pletholax edelensis?
|Higher Taxa||Pygopodidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Edel Land Slider|
|Synonym||Pletholax gracilis edelensis STORR 1978: 304|
Pletholax gracilis edelensis — ELLIS et al. 2018
Pletholax edelensis — KEALLEY et al. 2020
|Distribution||Australia (Western Australia: Shark Bay region)|
Type locality: 4 km S of Useless Loop, Western Australia, in 26° 10' S, 113° 25' E.
|Types||Holotype: WAM R54627, G. Harold and M. Peterson, 24 August 1976. Paratypes: WAM R54755, 5 km S Useless Loop, WA, Australia; WAM R54814, WAM R54863, 4 km S Useless Loop, WA, Australia; WAM R55085, 10 km NW Useless Loop, WA, Australia.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Distinguished from P. gracilis by absence of externally visible ear opening, larger body size, supraoculars similar in size (i.e. posterior not much larger than anterior), three supraciliaries (formed by division of long anterior supraciliary), two anterior temporals and lighter dorsal pattern with greater contrast between dorsal and lateral zones.|
|Comment||Limb morphology: Limbless.|
Habitat. Occurring on white, grey, yellow or light brown sands or coastal dunes in the Shark Bay region. Associated vegetation includes Acacia shrubs, spinifex and low heaths (from collectors’ notes and Shea and Peterson ).
|Etymology||In reference to the type locality, Edel Land, where this species occurs and where the first specimens for Storr’s description were collected. The edel- refers to Edel Land, which means ‘noble land’ in Dutch (and German), and the suffix -ensis is Latin for ‘from there’.|
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