Lophognathus gilberti 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Agamidae

Scientific Name: Lophognathus gilberti Gray, 1842
Common Name(s):
English Gilbert's Dragon, Gilbert's Lashtail, Ta-ta Lizard
Amphibolurus gilberti (Gray, 1842)
Gemmatophora gilberti (Gray, 1842)
Grammatophora temporalis Günther, 1867 [pro parte]
Physignathus gilberti (Gray, 1842)
Physignathus incognitus Ahl, 1926
Redtenbacheria fasciata Steindachner, 1867
Taxonomic Notes: This species is treated by some authors under the genus Amphibolurus, but we follow the TIGR Reptile Database here in keeping it under Lophognathus.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-06-30
Assessor(s): Doughty, P.
Reviewer(s): Böhm, M., Collen, B. & Ram, M. (Sampled Red List Index Coordinating Team)
Contributor(s): De Silva, R., Milligan, H.T., Wearn, O.R., Wren, S., Zamin, T., Sears, J., Wilson, P., Lewis, S., Lintott, P. & Powney, G.
Lophognathus gilberti has been assessed as Least Concern due to its widespread distribution and abundance. At present, there are no known threats acting on population numbers of this species. No further research on this species is required at this time.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This Australian species ranges from the Northern Territory to west and central Queensland (Cogger 2000).
Countries occurrence:
Australia (Northern Territory, Queensland)
Additional data:
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Population [top]

Population:This species is reported to be abundant in northwestern Australia (Thompson and Thompson 2001).
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is aboreal. It is seldom observed more than five metres from a tree or vegetation and appears to be particularly abundant near permanent waterways (Thompson and Thompson 2001). It occurs in a range of habitats including coastal sand dunes, grassland and savanna, shrubland, and even swamp and mangrove areas.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is unlikely that any major threats are impacting this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no direct conservation measures in place for this species at the present time, although parts of its distribution range coincide with protected areas.

Classifications [top]

1. Forest -> 1.7. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Mangrove Vegetation Above High Tide Level
1. Forest -> 1.8. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Swamp
2. Savanna -> 2.1. Savanna - Dry
3. Shrubland -> 3.5. Shrubland - Subtropical/Tropical Dry
4. Grassland -> 4.5. Grassland - Subtropical/Tropical Dry

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Occur in at least one PA:Yes
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education

Bibliography [top]

Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia. New Holland Publishers, Sydney.

Doughty, P. 2007. pers. comm. Red List Assessment.

IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.4). Available at: (Accessed: 27 October 2010).

Swan, M. 2007. pers. comm. Red List Assessment.

Thompson, G.G. and Thompson, S.A. 2001. Behaviour and spatial ecology of Gilbert's dragon Lophognathus gilberti (Agamidae: Reptilia). Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 84: 153-158.

Citation: Doughty, P. 2010. Lophognathus gilberti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T170373A6771457. . Downloaded on 25 November 2017.
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