Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


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CAVS: 2178

Species Ctenophorus caudicinctus (Günther, 1875)

Ring-tailed Dragon

Generic Combinations

  • Amphibolurus caudicinctus (Günther, 1875).
  • Ctenophorus caudicinctus (Günther, 1875).



Subspecies not identified in Cogger et al. (1983: 109), in which Amphibolurus caudicinctus was recognised as the valid name and Cogger listed synonyms.




Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia

Note that conversion of the original AFD map of states, drainage basins and coastal and oceanic zones to IBRA and IMCRA regions may have produced errors. The new maps will be reviewed and corrected as updates occur. The maps may not indicate the entire distribution. See further details below.
IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)
drainage basins and coastal and oceanic zones (map not available)


NT, Qld, SA, WA: Arnhem Coast (ARC), Arnhem Plateau (ARP), Burt Plain (BRT), Central Arnhem (CA), Central Kimberley (CK), Daly Basin (DAB), Dampierland (DL), Davenport Murchison Ranges (DMR), Gascoyne (GAS), Gibson Desert (GD), Gulf Fall and Uplands (GFU), Great Sandy Desert (GSD), Gulf Coastal (GUC), Little Sandy Desert (LSD), MacDonnell Ranges (MAC), Mitchell Grass Downs (MGD), Mount Isa Inlier (MII), Northern Kimberley (NK), Ord Victoria Plain (OVP), Pine Creek (PCK), Pilbara (PIL), Sturt Plateau (STU), Tanami (TAN), Victoria Bonaparte (VB) ; NT, Qld, WA: Darwin Coastal (DAC), Gulf Plains (GUP), Tiwi Cobourg (TIW) ; WA: Carnarvon (CAR), Coolgardie (COO), Yalgoo (YAL)

Original AFD Distribution Data

Australian Region

  • Australia
    • Northern Territory: Lake Eyre basin, N Gulf, W plateau
    • Queensland: Lake Eyre basin, N Gulf
    • South Australia: W plateau
    • Western Australia: N coastal, NW coastal, W plateau

Ecological Descriptors

Desert, diurnal, hummock grassland, low open shrubland, low open woodland, open forest, oviparous, tall open shrubland, terrestrial, woodland.

Extra Ecological Information

Sexually dimorphic.


General References

Bradshaw, S.D. 1970. Seasonal changes in the water and electrolyte metabolism of Amphibolurus lizards in the field. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 36: 689-718 [Sherborn, C.D. 1925. Index Animalium. London : British Museum Vol. 2 1773–2880 pp.]

Bradshaw, S.D. & Main, A.R. 1968. Behavioural attitudes and regulation of temperature in Amphibolurus lizards. Journal of Zoology, London 154: 193-221

Cogger, H.G. 1983. in Cogger, H.G., Cameron, E.E. & Cogger, H.M. Amphibia and Reptiles. In Walton, D.W. (ed.) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 1. Netley, South Australia : Griffin Press Ltd. vi 313 pp.

Houston, T.F. 1974. Revision of the Amphibolurus decresii complex (Lacertilia: Agamidae) of South Australia. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 98: 49-60 (taxonomy)

Houston, T.F. 1978. Dragon Lizards and Goannas of South Australia. Adelaide : South Australian Museum 84 pp. (taxonomy, natural history)

Storr, G.M. 1967. Geographic races of the agamid lizard Amphibolurus caudicinctus. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 50: 49-56 (taxonomy)

Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2003. A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia. Australia : Holland 448 pp. [306] (distribution)


Common Name References

CAVS 2006. Census of Australian Vertebrate Species. Australian Biological Resources Study. (Ring-tailed Dragon)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
28-May-2014 31-Jul-2013 MODIFIED
08-Mar-2011 08-Mar-2011 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)