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Five-lined earless dragon
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Scientific classification

Tympanocryptis pentalineata, also known as five-lined earless dragon, is one of 15 documented species of a relatively small dragon belonging to the genus Tympanocryptis.


Average length is 5–6 cm (2.0–2.4 in) from snout-to-vent.


The species is named for the dorsal colour pattern of the new species, characterised by five longitudinal white stripes extending along the body: one vertebral, two dorso-lateral, and two lateral.


Tympanocryptis pentalineata occurs on flat flood-plains, covered by grasses and low perennial shrubs. It was discovered living in crop-lands and remnant bluegrass grasslands of southeastern Queensland, which is one of the most endangered ecosystems in the state.

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