|Specimen at Diergaarde Blijdorp|
Rankin's dragon (Pogona henrylawsoni) is a species of Australian agamid lizard. It may also be called the pygmy bearded dragon (though the name is shared with other small Pogona species) and the black-soiled bearded dragon.
P. henrylawsoni is also commonly called Lawson's dragon, dumpy dragon, pygmy dragon, dwarf bearded dragon, or black soil bearded dragon.
A formal description was not published for this lizard until 1985, despite being known to herpetologists. The scientific name for this species was disputed, along with the other taxonomic treatments of Wells and Wellington, but was published again by Harold Cogger (2000) and others as a valid name.
The name is noted as invalid in some sources, and given as a synonym for Pogona brevis.
P. henrylawsoni has a life span of six to eight years, and its natural environment is hot, dry, and rocky, which must be mimicked in captivity. The Rankins dragon requires a minimum of 15 gallons and a hide, as well as multiple places to climb. It is a social species, and (with supervision) can be handled by children, but it does not like to be turned upside down, and will struggle when it is. Most specimens outside of Australia in captivity are descendants of dragons illegally exported in the 1980s. It is generally used as a substitute for Pogona vitticeps, the most common species of bearded dragon in captivity. The Rankin's dragon is similar in personality, yet smaller and more manageable, where there is a lack of space and resources. The only issue is the small gene pool within captive populations, being unable to be supplemented by wild individuals from Australia.
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- Wells RW, Wellington CR. 1985. "A classification of the Amphibia and Reptilia of Australia". Australian Journal of Herpetology, Supplementary Series (1): 1-61. (Pogona henrylawsoni, new species, p. 19)
- Pogona henrylawsoni at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database
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paper from REPTILIAN MAGAZINE (United Kingdom) 5 (2): 27-41. (Online version).
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