Abstract

The Cyclodomorphus branchialis species group is defined on synapomorphies of scalation. Within this complex, five allopatric species, one with three subspecies, are recognised on morphological grounds: C. branchialis (Günther) of the lower west coast and hinterland, C. maximus (Storr) of the Kimberley, C. melanops melanops (Stirling & Zeitz) widespread in spinifex habitats of the arid north-west, and C. m. elongatus (Werner) widespread in spinifex habitats of the arid south and east of the continent, together with two new species, one from the lower west coast and the other from South Australia, and a new subspecies of C. melanops from chenopod habitats along the southern fringe of the Nullarbor Plain. The morphology, distribution, habitat preferences and reproduction of the seven taxa are described. All primary type specimens are illustrated. A key to the species and subspecies in the genus Cyclodomorphus is provided. Cyclodomorphus branchialis, considered on previous taxonomic opinion to be widespread in arid Australia, is restricted to a small area in Western Australia and is considered vulnerable.

 
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Short Form
Egloff and Specht, 1982, Rec. Aust. Mus. 34(8): 427–446
Author
B. J. Egloff; Jim Specht
Year
1982
Title
Long Island, Papua New Guinea: aspects of the prehistory
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
34
Issue
8
Start Page
427
End Page
446
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.34.1982.290
Language
English
Date Published
31 July 1982
Cover Date
31 July 1982
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
ANTHROPOLOGY; ETHNOGRAPHY; NEW GUINEA
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27 January 2009
Available Online
02 March 2009
Reference Number
290
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