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Coarse sands ctenotus

coarse sands ctenotus (Ctenotus piankai)
Tanami Desert, Northern Territory
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Ctenotus piankai - Storr, 1969
Pronunciation  ten-OH-tus  
Etymology  Ctenotus: 'comb ear', refering to the comb-like projections at the ear opening.
piankai: ‘Named after Dr Eric R. Pianka, in appreciation of his intensive research on the ecology of our desert lizards.’ (Storr 1969, p. 106)
Other names   
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 6 cm
Clutch size
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Widely distributed in the western and central arid zone in Western Australia, north-western South Australia, the southern half of the Northern Territory and extending as far east as the Simpson Desert in far western Queensland (QM Queensland Museum J85419). In Western Australia, occurs on sandy substrates as far north as the northern edge of the Tanami and Great Sandy deserts and has been found as far north as the Wolfe Creek meteor crater..." (Rabosky, Doughty & Huang 2017)

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia


"An inhabitant of sand dunes and plains with spinifex grasses (especially Triodia basedowii), with which they are closely associated (Pianka 1986)." (Rabosky, Doughty & Huang 2017)

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