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Acritoscincus platynotus (PETERS, 1881)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Red-throated Cool-skink, Red-throated Skink 
SynonymLygosoma (Mocoa) platynotum PETERS 1881: 84
Leiolopisma platynotum — GREER 1982
Leiolopisma platynotum — COGGER 1983
Acritoscincus donnellani WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 22
Acritoscincus platynotum — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 23
Bassiana platynota — HUTCHINSON et al. 1990
Pseudemoia platynotum — FRANK & RAMUS 1995
Bassiana platynota — COGGER 2000: 567
Bassiana platynota — DUBEY & SHINE 2010
Acritoscincus platynotum — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 144
Acritoscincus platynota — KAY et al. 2013
Acritoscincus platynotus — COGGER 2014: 413 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria)

Type locality: “Adelaide” [South Australia].  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 9509 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (donnellani): “Frontonasal in contact with rostral; prefrontals narrowly separ- ated; frontal short, in contact with first two supraoculars; large undivided frontoparietal in contact with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th supraocular; supraoculars 4-4; interparietal small; 1 pair of nuchals; supraciliaries 5; supralabials 7; infralabials 6; ear open- ing about the same size as eye; ear lobules 3; sub-digitallamellae 19 under fourth toe; paravertebrals 58; mid-body 26. Measure- ments of Holotype (mm): Snout-vent length 59.3; vent-tail length 85.0; axilla-groin length 36.1; snout-axilla length 15.9; forelimb length 12.4; hindlimb length 18.7. Colouration of Hol- otype (in alcohol): Dorsally greyish green, speckled with black on the head; lateral margins ofdorsal body scales black, forming indistinct black longitudinal striae; tail brownish, lacking the striae of the body; laterally, extending from the snout is a black stripe which runs through the eye and above the ear forming a broad black upper lateral stripe about 3 scales wide, this stripe extends onto the tail but gradually dissipates at about half way; ventrolaterally greenish grey flecked with black; ventrally, body bluish grey with margins of scales grey; subcaudally grey. Cogger, (1983: Plate 661) figures a specimen of A. platynota as does Swanson, (1976: Plate 45).” (Wells and Wellington 1985: 22) 
CommentSynonymy: partly after SHEA & SADLIER 1999. 
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