Tympanocryptis cephalus Gunther, 1867, Nickol Bay, Western Australia.
OTHER COMMON NAMES None known.
The earless dragon is a small, roundish lizard that mimics rocks. It may be gray or reddish. There is no external ear opening. Its head is rounded and bulbous, and its tail usually is obscurely banded.
The species is distributed in rocky, arid regions of the central portion of Western Australia and across the southern Northern Territory, with isolated populations in western Queensland.
Earless dragons are found in rocky habitats, such as the Gibber Desert.
This lizard mimics rocks, relying on camouflage to escape detection.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
The species is an insectivorous sit-and-wait ambush predator.
Nothing is known about its reproductive habits.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦
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