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Five-lined earless dragon

five-lined earless dragon (Tympanocryptis pentalineata)
Normanton, Queensland
Photo © Jordan de Jong
Tympanocryptis pentalineata - Melville, Smith, Hobson, Hunjan & Shoo, 2014
Pronunciation  TIM-pan-oh-KRIP-tiss   PENT-ah-lin-ee-AH-tah
Etymology  Tympanocryptis: 'hidden ear'.
pentalineata: "Named for the dorsal colour pattern of the new species, characterised by five longitudinal white stripes extending along the body, one vertebral, two dorso-lateral and two lateral."1
Other names   
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 5 cm
Species max: 6 cm
Clutch size
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"A medium-sized Tympanocryptis with a distinct dorsal body pattern, consisting of five longitudinal narrow grey or white stripes on a brown-black patterned background. The five stripes consist of: one weak, narrow, grey vertebral stripe; two white, narrow dorso-lateral stripes; and two narrow, white lateral stripes. When examined closely the lateral stripes consist of a single row of enlarged, mucronate white scales extending from axilla to groin, bordered ventrally and dorsally with smaller, darker scales. Strong background patterning is evident between the dorso-lateral and lateral stripes, consisting of three broad transverse bands that are dark-brow to black. Scattered through the darker background colouring are enlarged white mucronate scales, giving the impression of white flecks on a dark background. The dorso-lateral stripes continue onto the tail to about 1/3rd of its length. There is a cluster of 3–5 enlarged, pale mucronate scales at the anterior extent of the paravertebral stripes, sitting at the rear of the head. On the ventral surface, the throat and upper chest area is faintly pigmented with black flecks or pigmentation is absent. Nare slightly off-centre towards the posterior-dorsal section of the nasal scale. Four pores, two pre-anal pores and two femoral pores."1

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Taxonomic notes

This species was described by Melville, Smith, Hobson, Hunjan & Shoo in 2014.1
NMVD74074 male 47.9 km south-west of the intersection between the Burke Development Rd (Route 83) and the Gulf Development Rd (Route 1), Queensland.

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