Offical Naming of Local Grassland Earless Dragon Species
August 31, 2014
Pittsworth District Landcare Association was instrumental in initiating and resourcing the research which has resulted in the discovery and naming of two local species of Grassland Earless Dragon.
T.condaminensis occurs on the flood plain on the outlands to the east of the Condamine River, while T.wilsoni lives on the western side of the river.
The findings have been described in a newly published paper by the Museum of Victoria titled The Role of Integrative Taxonomy in the Conservation of Cryptic Species: The Taxonomic Status of Endangered Earless Dragons in the Grasslands of Queensland. Research team headed by Dr Jane Melville, included Katie Smith and Sumitha Hunjan from Museum Victoria, the University of Queensland’s Luke Shoo, and Rod Hobson from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.