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Tropical & Subtropical Savanna Woodlands

Order Squamata: Lizards and Snakes 

Family Agamidae: 'Dragons'

Ctenophorus spp.

The largest group of dragons in Australia, most associated with arid areas.

'Slater's Ring-tailed Dragon' (image by Damon Ramsey)(Telstra Hill, Mt.Isa, Queensland)

Ctenophorus slateri, 'Slater's Ring-tailed Dragon'.

Lophognathus spp. 'Ta-Ta Lizards'

Recently some of the species in this genus have been moved around; currently there are two species. They are one of several Australian dragons known as 'Ta-Ta' Lizards because of they way they signal with their forearm, lifting it up as a sign to other dragons.

(George Brown Botanical Gardens, Darwin, NT)

Lophognathus gilberti, 'Gilberts Ta-Ta Lizard'. This is the common species of 'Ta-Ta' Lizard around the suburbs of Darwin.

'Horner's Ta-Ta Lizard' (image by Damon Ramsey)(Lake Mooroondah, Mt.Isa, Queensland)

Lophognathus horneri, 'Horner's Ta-Ta Lizard'. This species can be distinguished from the former by the white spot in the tympanum.

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My first trip after the virus is as Expedition leader in Tasmania with Coral Expeditions (March), followed by my role as biologist guest lecturer on the Great Barrier Reef (April) and Expedition Leader in the Kimberley (in May). If you can't go travelling until everything settles down, then until then, here I am doing online guided walks for Noble Caledonia and online lectures for Silversea.