Tympanocryptis pinguicolla (Mitchell, 1948)
Victorian grassland earless dragon
Taxonomy & Nomenclature
Synonym/s: Tympanocryptis lineata pinguicolla Mitchell, 1948
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.
Biology & Ecology
Holotype: SAMA R2468a
Type locality: southern Victoria
Original scientific description:
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