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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesPogona minor minor (STERNFELD 1919)
Pogona minor minima (LOVERIDGE 1933)
Pogona minor mitchelli (BADHAM 1976) 
Common NamesE: Western Bearded Dragon, Dwarf Bearded Dragon
S: Dragón barbudo del Oeste
G: Westliche Bartagame, Zwergbartagame
E: Western Bearded Dragon [minima]
G: Westliche Bartagame, Kleine Bartagame [minima] 
SynonymAmphibolurus barbatus minor STERNFELD 1919
Amphibolurus barbatus minor — STERNFELD 1925: 234
Amphibolurus barbatus minor — GLAUERT 1959
Pogona barbata minor — STORR 1982
Amphibolurus minor — COGGER 1983
Pogona loriae WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 19 (fide SHEA 1999)
Pogona minor minor — MANTHEY & SCHUSTER 1999: 96
Pogona minor — COGGER 2000: 349
Pogona minor — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Pogona minor — MELVILLE & WILSON 2019
Pogona minor — CHAPPLE et al. 2019: 88

Pogona minor minima (LOVERIDGE 1933)
Amphibolurus barbatus minimus LOVERIDGE 1933
Amphibolurus barbatus minimus — LICHT et al. 1966
Amphibolurus minimus — BADHAM 1976
Pogona minor minima — STORR 1982
Amphibolurus minimus — COGGER 1983
Pogona minor minima — WILSON & KNOWLES 1988
Pogona minima — COGGER 2000: 349
Pogona minor minima — WILSON & SWAN 2013
Pogona minor minima — COGGER 2014: 752
Pogona minor minima — MELVILLE & WILSON 2019

Pogona minor mitchelli (BADHAM 1976)
Amphibolurus mitchelli BADHAM 1976
Pogona minor mitchelli — STORR 1982
Pogona minor mitchelli — WILSON & KNOWLES 1988
Pogona mitchelli — COGGER 1994
Pogona mitchelli — MÜLLER 2002
Pogona mitchelli — SCHUSTER 2005
Pogona mitchelli — MÜLLER 2010
Pogona minor mitchelli — REJ & JOYNER 2018
Pogona minor mitchelli — ELLIS 2019
Pogona minor mitchelli — MELVILLE & WILSON 2019 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia)

Type locality: Hermannsburg Mission, upper Finke River, N. T. fide LOVERIDGE 1934.

minima: Australia (Western Australia; Houtman's Abrolhos Islands); Type locality: West Wallaby Is., Houtman's Abrolhos, W. A.

mitchelli: N Western Australia, NW Northern Territory; Type locality: Derby, Western Australia.  
TypesLectotype: SMF 10339 (designated by Mertens 1967); Paralectotype: ZMB 29651, "Finke-River, Zentralaustralien", leg. M. Leonhardi.
Holotype: MCZ 32972 [minima]
Holotype: WAM R26828 [mitchelli] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis A moderately small Pogona with a single series of small erect spines along dorsoventral angle of body, distinguishable from P. minor minima by its much shorter appendages and from P. minor mitchelli by its greyish coloration, narrower head and weaker spines (specially those of transverse occipital series) [STORR 1982]

minima: Max. SVL: 16 cm; max tail length: 24 cm.

Diagnosis (minima): A small, relatively slender, long-limbed Pogona, similar in all respects to P. minor minor of the opposite mainland except for its longer appendages and more numerous subdigital lamellae [STORR 1982]

Diagnosis (mitchelli): A moderately large Pogona, distinguishable from P. m. minor by its brighter coloration (more brownish, less greyish), greater size, wider head, stronger contrast between scales in front of and behind transverse series of occipital spines, and lack of longitudinal series of spines on side of nape [STORR 1982]. 
CommentHybridization: In areas where both mitchellii and minor occur the two forms hybridize (MANTHEY & SCHUSTER 1999, MÜLLER 2002).

Subspecies: The former subspecies Pogona minor mitchelli (BADHAM 1976) and minima have been elevated to full species status.

NCBI taxonomy: 206600 [minima] 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “minor” for small or smaller.

P. (m.) mitchelli was named after Francis John Mitchell (1929–1970), Curator of the South Australian Museum in Adelaide. 
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