Lophognathus longirostris Boulenger, 1883, Champion Bay, Western Australia.
OTHER COMMON NAMES English: Long-snouted lashtail.
This species is a medium-size grayish lizard with a long snout and a very long tail, up to three times its snout-vent length, which is used as a counterbalance in climbing. It has whitish stripes along the side.
The species occurs in central arid regions of Australia. HABITAT
This lizard inhabits open savanna woodlands, riparian habitats, and red sandy deserts, usually associated with sand ridges in desert habitats.
These uncommon, large, agile, and fast agamids are never found very far from trees. They can attain speeds of 15 mph (24 km/h) running bipedally on their hind legs.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
The species eats wasps, beetles, grasshoppers, mantids, hemipterans, and various insect larvae. Occasionally, they also eat some plant food.
Seven clutches averaged 3.9 eggs. Little else is known about reproduction in this species.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦
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