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Austroablepharus naranjicauda (GREER, FISHER & HORNER, 2004)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Orange-tailed Snake-eyed Skink 
SynonymProablepharus naranjicaudus GREER, FISHER & HORNER 2004
Proablepharus naranjicaudus — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Austroablepharus naranjicaudus — COUPER et al. 2018
Austroablepharus naranjicaudus — CHAPPLE et al. 2021 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory)

Type locality: 8 km south-west of Cattle Creek Homestead, Cattle Creek Station, Northern Territory, Australia, 17° 37.82'S, 131° 26.09'E.  
TypesHolotype: NTM R.26028, collected by H. Puckey and C. Brock, 14 September 1999, from Astrebla grassland. PARATYPES - NTM R.18733, Kidman Springs, 160 04.70'S 1300 59.45'E, collected by J. Woinarski, 24 October 1997, from Bauhinia open woodland; NTM R.18734 and R.18743, Victoria River Downs Station, 160 22.07'S 131 0 08.77'E, collected by J. Woinarski 11 November 1997; NTM R.18744, Victoria River Downs Station, 160 18.48'S 131 0 1O.19'E, collected by J. Woinarski, 8 November 1997; NTM R.21538, Kirkimbie Station, 170 51.78' S 1290 07 .56' E, collected by A. Fisher, 8 June 1995, from Astrebla grassland on cracking-clay plain; NTM R.21539-21540, Kirkimbie Station, 17" 52.79'S 1290 08.04'E, collected by A. Fisher, 9 June 1995, from Astrebla grassland on cracking-clay plain; NTM R.22799-22800, Kirkimbie Station, 17" 49.49'S 129 0 08.47'E, collected by A. Fisher, I October 1996; NTM R.23241, R.23245- 23246, Mount Sanford Station, 17" 11.80'S 1300 53.64'E, collected by A. Fisher, 6-7 December 1996; NTM R.23650-23652, Mount Sanford Station, 170 06.61 'S 1300 52.62'E, collected by A. Fisher, 20 November 1997; NTM R.26017, 23 km southsouthwest of Willeroo Homestead, Willeroo Station, 15 0 27.09'S 131 0 36.00'E, collected by H. Puckey, 28 September 1999; NTM R.26372, Spirit Hills Station, Keep River Fiats, 150 21.29'S 1290 09.05'E, collected by G. Wallace, 19 October 1996; WAM R145998, 2.6 km east of bed of Keep River on Legune Station road, 150 23.88'S 1290 05.12'E. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Proablepharus naranjicaudus sp. nov. can be distinguished from all other species in the genus by the following combination of characters: supraoculars four, first two contacting frontal; frontoparietals and interparietal fused into a single scale; supraciliaries usually six; upper preocular small or absent; postsupralabials usually one, and subdigital lamellae of pes tri-mucronate. 
EtymologyThe species name naranjicaudus is from the Arabic for "orange" and the Latin for "tail".

The species name needs to be brevicauda, according to ICZN Article 34.2.1 which states that the gender of a noun in apposition must not be changed to agree in gender with the generic name, The Latin noun for tail is cauda and of female gender. For further explanations and examples see Böhme & Denzer (2019). However, Article 32.5.1 states that incorrect transliteration or Latinization, or use of an inappropriate connecting vowel, are not to be considered inadventent errors. Hence, the decision by the original authors to use "caudus" as a noun, whether or not it is correct Latin, stands (Glenn Shea, pers. comm., 9 May 2021). 
  • Böhme, W. & Denzer, W. 2019. Warum die Endungen adjektivischer Artnamen dem Geschlecht der Gattungsnamen angepasst werden müssen Sauria 41 (1): 55–62 - get paper here
  • Chapple, David G; Roll, Uri; Böhm, Monika; Aguilar, Rocío Amey, Andrew P Austin, Chris C Baling, Marleen Barley, Anthony J Bates, Michael F Bauer, Aaron M Blackburn, Daniel G Bowles, Phil Brown, Rafe M Chandramouli, S R Chirio, Laurent Cogger, Hal Co 2021. Conservation Status of the World’s Skinks (Scincidae): Taxonomic and Geographic Patterns in Extinction Risk. Biological Conservation 257: 109101 - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - 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
  • Greer, A.E.; Fisher, A. & Horner, P. 2004. A new species of Proablepharus (Squamata: Scincidae) from the Northern Territory of Australia. The Beagle (Rec NT Mus. Arts Sci.) 20: 199-205 - 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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