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Austroablepharus barrylyoni (COUPER, LIMPUS, MCDONALD & AMEY, 2010)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Lyon's Snake-eyed Skink 
SynonymProablepharus barrylyoni COUPER, LIMPUS, MCDONALD & AMEY 2010
Austroablepharus barrylyoni — HOSKIN et al. 2018
Proablepharus barrylyoni — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Austroablepharus barrylyoni — COUPER et al. 2018
Austroblepharus barrylyoni — GEYLE et al. 2021 (in error) 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: Springfield Stn, via Mt Surprise, Queensland, Australia (18° 02’ S, 144° 24’ E).  
TypesHolotype: QM J40339, collected by C. J. Limpus and K. R. McDonald, 1 Sept., 1979. PARATYPES QMJ40327–QMJ40338, QMJ40340–QMJ40341, QMJ40710–QMJ40714; QMJ40998–QMJ41003, QMJ69452, QMJ78115– QMJ78116, locality data as for holotype (all paratypes collected Aug-Sept, 1979-1981). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A large, longitudinally striped Proablepharus (maximum SVL 51 mm) with four supraoculars, five supraciliaries, fused interparietal/frontoparietals, a well-developed upper preocular, two postsupralabials and smoothly rounded subdigital lamellae on digits of the hind limb. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).

Conservation: this is one of the most-threatened reptile species in Australia (Geyle et al. 2021). 
EtymologyNamed for Barry Lyon who played an important role in collecting the type series of this species and for his contributions to wildlife conservation across Cape York Peninsula. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Couper, P.J.; Limpus, C.J.; McDonald, K.R. & Amey, A.P. 2010. A new species of Proablepharus (Scincidae:Lygosominae) from Mt Surprise, north-eastern Queensland, Australia. Zootaxa 2433: 62–68 - get paper here
  • Couper, Patrick J.; Conrad J. Hoskin, Sally Potter, Jason G. Braggand Craig Moritz. 2018. A New Genus to Accommodate Three Skinks Currently Assigned to Proablepharus (Lacertilia: Scincidae). Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 60; 227-231. - get paper here
  • Geyle, H. M., Tingley, R., Amy, A., Cogger, H., Couper, P., Cowan, M., Craig, M., Doughty, P., Driscoll, D., Ellis, R., Emery, J-P., Fenner, A., Gardner, M., Garnett, S., Gillespie, G., Greenless, M., Hoskin, C., Keogh, S., Lloyd, R., ... Chapple, D. 2020. Reptiles on the brink: Identifying the Australian terrestrial snake and lizard species most at risk of extinction. Pacific Conservation Biology - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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