https://i0.wp.com/www.atlasoflife.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Intellagama-howitti.jpg?fit=863%2C757 757 863 Libby Hepburn http://www.atlasoflife.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/alcw-logo-20140606-1030x199.png Libby Hepburn2013-11-28 04:52:112013-11-28 04:52:11Water Dragons re-defined
From Ross Wellington,
“Here’s a couple of photos I took at the Bournda EEC conference earlier this year a Gippsland Water Dragon I. howitti,
plus one I took of a typical Eastern Water Dragon I. lesueurii in Gosford the day before I arrived at the conference for comparison.
The water skink Eulamprus heatwolei, curiously has a ‘double tail’, an artefact of an incomplete autotomy.
Also note that the Water Dragons have at long last been more widely accepted as distinctive from Physignathus (based on a superficially similar looking Dragon, P. cocincinus, from China). Genetic analyses have supported my earlier assignation of the Australian species to their own Genus, proving that the Oz species are genetically most similar to other Australian Dragons which have long been regarded as distinctive generically from the Water Dragons (see attached article).”
Many thanks to Ross for his information and fascinating photos.