S3: Juvenile, back
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Reptiles (Reptilia)|
|Order:||Scaled Reptiles (Squamata)|
|Species:||Triodia Dragon (Ctenophorus spinodomus)|
Thank you Ralph Foster & Dr Mark Hutchinson & Stephen Mahony for helping with the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
A little dragon at only about 40mm snout to vent length. They measure reptiles this way because so many loose their tails and total length doesn't really describe them as accurately.
Quite similar to our Nobbi's until you take a closer look
These were split out from C. fordi in 2019 and prefer Triodia habitat. We don't have any triodia on Ellura, so a bit surprised to find one.
They are very hard to differentiate visually. Trying to get a photo of the throat/chest helps with id. A lack of black horizontal bar indicates C. spinodomus.
According to Mark these will likely be called something different again soon as work is underway to further separate the genus up.