Tympanocryptis houstoni STORR, 1982
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Tympanocryptis houstoni?
|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Nullarbor Earless Dragon, Houston’s Earless Dragon|
|Synonym||Tympanocryptis lineata houstoni STORR 1982|
Tympanocryptis houstoni — SHOO et al. 2008
Tympanocryptis houstoni — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 386
Tympanocryptis houstoni — MELVILLE et al. 2019: 20
|Distribution||S Australia (S Western Australia)|
Type locality: 10 km SSE of Cocklebiddy, Western Australia, in 32°07'S, 126°06'E.
|Types||Holotype: WAM R53427; paratypes: WAM|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A large subspecies of T. lineata Peters, distinguishable from all others by its broad vertebral stripe. Further differing from T. l. centralis Sternfeld in its stouter habit, thicker neck and more strongly developed colour pattern (especially on head).|
Diagnosis. A species of Tympanocryptis with rostral scale continuous with the canthus rostralis, nasal scale below the canthus and not bordered below by enlarged scales, well-developed lateral neck fold, keeled dorsal head scales, well-developed five-lined colour pattern in which the dorsolateral lines are narrower than the vertebral line and with sometimes more than five dark dorsal cross-bands, no lateral skin fold, venter heavily patterned with black flecks [Melville et al. 2019].
Comparisons. It is most similar to T. petersi, but distinguishable from both it and its other geographical near neighbour (see Remarks), T. tolleyi sp. nov. (Species D) by its broad vertebral stripe and moderate to intense black ventral markings [Melville et al. 2019].
|Comment||Distribution: see map in Melville et al. 2019: 6 (Fig. 1)|
|Etymology||Named after Latin “linea”, meaning stripe or line.|
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