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Tympanocryptis pinguicolla (Mitchell, 1948)

Victorian grassland earless dragon

 

 

Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Tympanocryptis lineata pinguicolla Mitchell, 1948

 

Conservation Status

Missing

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.

 

Distribution

Victoria, Australia

 

Biology & Ecology

 

 

Hypodigm

Holotype: SAMA R2468a

Type locality: southern Victoria

 

Media

 

 

References

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2022.109561

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.
https://doi.org/10.1071/PC20033

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. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3001210

https://theconversation.com/why-were-not-giving-up-the-search-for-mainland-australias-first-extinct-lizard-117831

https://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/articles/16665

 

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