Significant range extensions for Delma labialis and a review of its biology

Macdonald, Stewart L., Borsboom, Adrian C., Best, Russell, and Hoskin, Conrad J. (2013) Significant range extensions for Delma labialis and a review of its biology. Australian Zoologist, 36 (4). pp. 470-477.

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Abstract

We report southern, western and northern extensions of known range for the vulnerable legless lizard, Delma labialis: respectively, north of Moranbah from a sandstone ridge near a river; east of Charters Towers from grassy open woodland; and Cape York Peninsula from sandy heath. These extensions increase the species' extent of occurrence by more than 66,000 km², a nearly nine-fold increase in area. We suggest that D. labialis is widespread within its extent, but that it is patchily distributed and at low population densities. We review current knowledge of the species, with particular reference to known habitats, and make comments on its conservation status and potential threats.

Item ID: 31920
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0067-2238
Keywords: Pygopodidae, Gekkota, legless lizard, Queensland endemic
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2014 00:31
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0699 Other Biological Sciences > 069999 Biological Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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