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Roma Earless Dragon (Tympanocryptis Wilsoni)

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Roma earless dragon (Tympanocryptis wilsoni) is a small to medium-sized species of Tympanocryptis that has a well-developed ventral and lateral body patterning, made up of numerous brown-black speckling.

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The ventral patterning on this body of this reptile is concentrated on its head, its throat, and its chest, then extends posteriorly toward the lateral portions of the lizard’s belly.

There are heavy brown-black speckling lining the sides of the lizard, but there is an absence of white lateral stripe. Lateral and ventral patterning of black-brown coloration is more than white.

Scientific classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • Suborder: Iguania
  • Family: Agamidae
  • Subfamily: Amphibolurinae
  • Genus: Tympanocryptis

The Roma earless dragon is a member of the genus Tympanocryptis. All lizards belonging to this genus have the following similar characters: The body is depressed, the tympanum is hidden, and it is covered posteriorly with various scales.

These lizards remain unique as they have no dorsal crest, no gular sac, but have a strong transverse gular fold. The tail of the Roma earless dragon and others like it is round in cross-section.

One way to tell the difference between the male and female sometimes is the presence of a preanal pore on each side of the male, which sometimes is absent in the females.

In many species of this lizard, there are no femoral pores, with only the Tympanocryptis tetraporophora as an exception.

Etymology

This lizard was named in recognition of Steve Wilson’s contributions to the Australian herpetology, more particularly his direct contribution to the study of the diversity of Tympanocryptis in Queensland.

Steve Wilson, luckily, discovered this new species of reptile during a survey, made provision of in-life photographs and collected the only voucher specimens.

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Feeding

These reptiles are suspected to feed or insects like ants, flies, termites, and other smaller bugs. Not so much is know about their feeding habits as they were only recently discovered and are still being studied.

Distribution

Australia (Queensland: close to the town of Roma: which from Hodgson is approximately 20 km west to Mt Abundance, almost 50 km south-west of Roma)

Habitat

Roma earless dragon

These reptiles are currently known to live in grasslands on sloping terrains.

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