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Thorny devil

thorny devil (Moloch horridus)
Tanami Desert, Northern Territory
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Moloch horridus - Gray, 1841
Pronunciation  MOLL-ock   hor-id'-uss
Etymology  Moloch: "I have named this genus, from its appearance, after 'Moloch, horrid king,'" Moloch was a Canaanite god to whom children were sacrificed
horridus: 'bristly'.
Other names  Mountain devil
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 9 cm
Clutch size
Average: 3 - 10
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


This species' distribution in arid Australia, from far western Queensland across to the coast of Western Australia, closely matches the distribution of sandy soils.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia


Arid zones.

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