Tympanocryptis pinguicolla (Mitchell, 1948)

Victorian grassland earless dragon



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Tympanocryptis lineata pinguicolla Mitchell, 1948


Conservation Status


Last record: 1969


The species was previously considered to have been rediscovered in New South Wales (Dimond et al., 2012), however a recent taxonomic revision of the genus Tympanocryptis has determined that the population does not actually refer to T. pinguicolla.



Victoria, Australia


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: SAMA R2468a

Type locality: southern Victoria






Original scientific description:

Mitchell, F. J. (1948). A revision of the lacertilian genus Tympanocryptis. Rec. S. Aust. Mus. 9: 57-86.


Other references:

Dimond, W. J., Osborne, W. S., Evans, M., Gruber, B. and Sarre, S. D. (2012). Back to the brink: population decline of the endangered grassland earless dragon (Tympanocryptis pinguicolla) following its rediscovery. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 7(2): 132-149.

Garnett, Stephen T., Hayward-Brown, Brittany K. et al. (2022). Australia's most imperilled vertebrates. Biological Conservation 270: 109561.

Geyle, Hayley M. et al. (2021). Reptiles on the brink: identifying the Australian terrestrial snake and lizard species most at risk of extinction. Pacific Conservation Biology 27: 3-12.

Melville J, Chaplin K, Hutchinson M, Sumner J, Gruber B, MacDonald AJ, Sarre SD. (2019). Taxonomy and conservation of grassland earless dragons: new species and an assessment of the first possible extinction of a reptile on mainland Australia. R. Soc. open sci. 6: 190233.

Melville J, Chapple DG, Keogh JS, Sumner J, Amey A, Bowles P, et al. (2021). A return-on-investment approach for prioritization of rigorous taxonomic research needed to inform responses to the biodiversity crisis. PLoS Biol 19(6): e3001210.


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