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Calyptotis ruficauda GREER, 1983

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesRed-tailed Calyptotis 
SynonymCalyptotis ruficauda GREER 1983: 30
Calyptotis ruficauda — COGGER 2000: 387
Calyptotis ruficauda — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales)

Type locality: Brinerville, NSW, 152° 33' E, 30° 28' S  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: AMS (AM) R52338 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Calyptotis ruficauda differs from its congeners in possessing prefrontal scales and a well-developed external ear opening with a scaleless tympanum. 
CommentMorphology: digits: 5, toes: 5 (Singhal et al. 2018, Cogger 2014) 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “rufus” = red and “cauda” = tail. The tail is actually “coral pink” according to Greer 1983. 
References
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Couper, P., Covacevich, J., Amey, A. & Baker, A. 2006. The genera of skinks (Family Scincidae) of Australia and its island territories: diversity, distribution and identification. in: Merrick, J.R., Archer, M., Hickey, G.M. & Lee, M.S.Y. (eds.). Evolution and Zoogeography of Australasian Vertebrates. Australian Scientific Publishing, Sydney, pp. 367-384
  • Greer A E 1983. The Australian scincid lizard genus Calyptotis de Vis: resurrection of the name, description of four new species, and discussion of relationships. Rec. Austral. Mus. 35 (1): 29-59 - get paper here
  • Mo, Matthew 2015. An outlying location for the Australian skink Calyptotis ruficauda in far northern New South Wales, and some observations in plantations on cleared farmland. Qd. Nat. 53 (1-3): 29-36 - get paper here
  • Shea, Glenn M; Sadlier, Ross A 1999. A catalogue of the non-fossil amphibian and reptile type specimens in the collection of the Australian Museum: types currently, previously and purportedly present. TECHNICAL REPORTS OF THE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM 15, 1999: 1-91
  • Singhal, Sonal; Huateng Huang, Maggie R. Grundler, María R. Marchán-Rivadeneira, Iris Holmes, Pascal O. Title, Stephen C. Donnellan, and Daniel L. Rabosky 2018. Does Population Structure Predict the Rate of Speciation? A Comparative Test across Australia’s Most Diverse Vertebrate Radiation The American Naturalist - get paper here
  • Skinner, Adam; Mark N. Hutchinson, Michael S.Y. Lee 2013. Phylogeny and Divergence Times of Australian Sphenomorphus Group Skinks (Scincidae, Squamata). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 69 (3): 906–918 - 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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