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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Amphibolurinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Central Bearded Dragon
G: Bartagame, Streifenköpfige Bartagame
S: Dragón barbudo central 
SynonymAmphibolurus vitticeps AHL 1926
Amphibolurus vitticeps — COGGER 1983
Pogona vitticeps — MANTHEY & SCHUSTER 1999: 98
Pogona vitticeps — COGGER 2000: 350
Pogona vitticeps — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Pogona vitticeps — MELVILLE & WILSON 2019
Pogona centralis — MELVILLE & WILSON 2019: 46 (in error)
Pogona vitticeps — CHAPPLE et al. 2019: 89 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria)

Type locality: Australia  
ReproductionHigh incubation temperatures of eggs reverse genotypic males (ZZ) to phenotypic females in P. vitticeps, which has genetic sex determination (GSD) with female heterogamety. Between 22° and 32°C, sex ratios did not differ significantly from 1:1, a response consistent with GSD. However, between 34° and 37°C, there was an increasing female bias, suggesting that temperature was overriding genotypic sex in some males (Quinn et al. 2007). 
TypesHolotype: ZMB 30101. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Badham 1976 
CommentAdults of Pogona vitticeps are smaller towards the southern limit of the distribution of the species, the smallest animals occurring in the Big Desert in western Victoria. Females are not markedly smaller at sexual maturity than males, but males mature at a much smaller size. Data from P. barbata suggest that early male maturity in southern areas may occur also in that species. Relative growth and external morphology indicates that the Big Desert population is not taxonomically distinct from P. vitticeps. Factors causing the reduced size of animals in the population are unknown (WITTEN & COVENTRY 1990).

Trapp (2014) documented some of the color morphs available of this species.

Longevity: Müller (2014) reports an animal that lived for 19 years and 5 months in captivity.

Genomics: this is one of the species selected by the Genome 10K consortium for complete genome sequencing. A trio sequence was published by Bergeron et al. 2023. 
EtymologyPresumably named after the Latin vitta (ribbon) plus ceps (head), referring to the stripes over the temporal region. (G. Shea, pers. comm., 9 Feb 2024) 
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