Tympanocryptis tetraporophora LUCAS & FROST, 1895
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|Higher Taxa||Agamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Eyrean earless dragon, Long-tailed Earless Dragon|
|Synonym||Tympanocryptis tetraporophora LUCAS & FROST 1895|
Tympanocryptis lineata tetraporophora — MITCHELL 1948: 72
Tympanocryptis tetraporophora — WERMUTH 1967: 99
Tympanocryptis tetraporophora — SMITH et al. 1999
Tympanocryptis tetraporophora — COGGER 2000: 356
Tympanocryptis tetraporophora — WILSON & SWAN 2010
|Distribution||NE W Australia (Kimberley-Division)|
Australia (New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria)
Type locality: Adminga and Dalhousie, South Australia.
|Types||Lectotype: NMV D7701, male, from either Adminga or Dalhousie, S. A., designated by Coventry, A. J. (1970).|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A medium-sized Tympanocryptis with very variable body patterning, consisting of darker brown broken cross- bands on body. A weak to strong single pale ventral stripe. Dorsal scales homogenous with scattered enlarged mucronate scales, enlarged scales not substantially larger than other scales. Dorsal head scales homogenous, weakly-strongly keeled with scattered enlarged mucronate scales mainly to rear of head and neck. Tail scales strongly keeled and tail tapers to rounded tip. Dorsal patterning variable, 4–6 broken darker cross-bands on torso on a reddy-brown or brown background. Dark brown bands on legs and also extending down 2/3rds of the tail length. Banding does not extend to ventral surfaces. Ventral scales weakly to strongly keeled. Some individuals have dark pigmentation on ventral surface of head, throat and upper chest. Nostril nearer eye than tip of snout. Four pores present, two pre-anal and two femoral pores (from Melville et al. 2014).|
|Comment||T. tetraporophora can be distinguished from T. cephalus, T. lineata, and T. intima by the presence of four pores (two preanal and two femoral). T. tetraporophora can be distinguished from T. pentalineata sp. nov by lacking five longitudinal body stripes.|
Distribution: The distribution of T. tetraporophora overlaps with a number of other Tympanocryptis, including T. cephalus, T. lineata, T. intima and T. pentalineata sp. nov.
|Etymology||Named for the presence of four pores, two pre-anal and two femoral.|
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