Encounters with Australian Reptiles #8 - Central Military Dragon (Ctenophorus isolepis) - (video)

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 at 22:21


Central Military Dragon (Ctenophorus isolepis)

Ctenophorus is a genus of lizards, also known as comb-bearing dragons, that contains the most diverse group of dragon lizards in Australia. Many of these have been grouped by a similar morphology. The informal names and groupings within this genus — rock, crevice, ground, sand, and bicycle-dragon — are named after the mythological creature, the dragon.

The Central Military Dragon is found in the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland.

Reddish brown, white spots with darker edge, pale dorsolateral (pertaining to the back and sides) and midlateral stripes. Some differences between male and female in colouration, with the male having a broad black stripe extending along the side of its abdomen to the nose. There are a number of sub species with variation in the colouration.

They are rarely seen perched on elevated locations as they are usually found on the ground foraging between low vegetation. This little chap was found out east of the Stansmore Range on the edge of Lake Wills.

Genus: Ctenophorus
specificEpithet: isolepis
vernacular name: Military Dragon
taxonID: 291

''We knew from the experience of well-known travelers that the
trip would doubtless be attended with much hardship.''
Richard Maurice - 1903
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