Austroablepharus kinghorni (COPLAND, 1947)
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Red-tailed Soil-crevice Skink|
|Synonym||Ablepharus kinghorni COPLAND 1947: 282|
Proablepharus kinghorni — FUHN 1969
Proablepharus kinghorni — GREER 1974: 18
Proablepharus kinghorni — COGGER 1983: 182
Proablepharus barklyensis WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985
Proablepharus kinghorni — COGGER 2000: 557
Proablepharus kinghorni — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Austroablepharus kinghorni — COUPER et al. 2018
|Distribution||Australia (New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland)|
Type locality: Darling River, between Bourke (30.5° S, 145.58’ E) and Wilcannia (31.28° S, 143.13’ E'), N. S. W.
|Types||Holotype: AMS (AM) R6458|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis (genus). A genus of small skinks (adult SVL ≤ 51mm ) with pentadactyl limbs, ≤ 24 midbody scale rows, ≥ 55 paravertebral scales, and ≥ 30 presacral vertebrae. Limbs narrowly to widely separated when adpressed. Supranasals absent and nasals undivided; prefrontals large, in contact or narrowly separated; eye moderate-sized with lower eyelid immovable, partially fused to upper eyelid to form a permanent spectacle but with a distinct slit between the lower eyelid and the supraciliaries (preablepharine); frontoparietals fused; interparietal free or fused; ear opening very small; parietals in contact; body pattern consisting of alternating pale and dark stripes (each dorsal body scale with a pale centre and dark lateral edges); adult tail colouration red/orange [from Couper et al. 2018].|
|Comment||Wells and Wellington (1985) diagnose Proablepharus barklyensis by referencing Plate 718 in Cogger (1983). This plate shows a specimen with a free interparietal.|
Type species: Ablepharus kinghorni COPLAND 1947: 282 is the type species of the genus Austroablepharus COUPER et al. 2018.
|Etymology||The genus was named after “Austro” for Australia and ablepharus referring to an immovable lower eyelid that is partially fused to the upper eyelid to form a permanent spectacle.|
The species was named after James Roy Kinghorn (1891-1983), Australian herpetologist. For further biographical information see Williams et al. (2006).
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