Australian Museum Journal Long Island, Papua New Guinea: aspects of the prehistory

Shortform:
Egloff and Specht, 1982, Rec. Aust. Mus. 34(8): 427–446
Author(s):
Egloff, B. J.; Specht, Jim
Year published:
1982
Title:
Long Island, Papua New Guinea: aspects of the prehistory
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
34
Issue:
8
Start page:
427
End page:
446
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.34.1982.290
Language:
English
Date published:
31 July 1982
Cover date:
31 July 1982
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
ANTHROPOLOGY; ETHNOGRAPHY; NEW GUINEA
Digitized:
27 January 2009
Available online:
02 March 2009
Reference number:
290
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (96kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (2775kb PDF)

Abstract

The Cyclodomorphus branchialis species group is defined on synapomorphies of scalation. Within this complex, five allopatric species, one with three subspecies, are recognised on morphological grounds: C. branchialis (Günther) of the lower west coast and hinterland, C. maximus (Storr) of the Kimberley, C. melanops melanops (Stirling & Zeitz) widespread in spinifex habitats of the arid north-west, and C. m. elongatus (Werner) widespread in spinifex habitats of the arid south and east of the continent, together with two new species, one from the lower west coast and the other from South Australia, and a new subspecies of C. melanops from chenopod habitats along the southern fringe of the Nullarbor Plain. The morphology, distribution, habitat preferences and reproduction of the seven taxa are described. All primary type specimens are illustrated. A key to the species and subspecies in the genus Cyclodomorphus is provided. Cyclodomorphus branchialis, considered on previous taxonomic opinion to be widespread in arid Australia, is restricted to a small area in Western Australia and is considered vulnerable.