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Carinascincus microlepidotus (O'SHAUGHNESSY, 1874)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Boulder Cool-skink, Southern Snow Skink 
SynonymMocoa microlepidota O'SHAUGHNESSY 1874: 298
Leiolopisma pretiosum — GREER 1982
Leiolopisma pretiosum — COGGER 1983: 170
Pseudemoia microlepidota — FRANK & RAMUS 1995
Niveoscincus microlepidotus — HUTCHINSON et al. 1990
Niveoscincus microlepidotus — MELVILLE & SWAIN 2000
Niveoscincus microlepidota — COGGER 2000: 566
Niveoscincus microlepidotus — OLSSON et al. 2005
Carinascincus microlepidotus — GREER 2005 (online)
Carinascincus microlepidotus — COUPER et al. 2006: 380
Niveoscincus microlepidotus — WILSON & SWAN 2013
Carinascincus microlepidotus — COGGER 2014: 428 
DistributionAustralia (Tasmania)

Type locality: Tasmania  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.16.17 (formerly 
CommentHabitat: Heath/rock, alpine boulder field & alpine heathland (canopy absent, vegetation dense and low), elevation ca. 1100 m. 
EtymologyNamed after Greek mikros (= small) + lepidotos (= scaled), referring to the relatively small scales. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • 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, Allen E. 1982. A new species of Leiolopisma (Lacertilia: Scincidae) from Western Australia. Rec. Austral. Mus. 34 (12): 549-573 - get paper here
  • Hutchinson M N; Donnellan S C; Baverstock P R; Krieg M; Simms S; Burgin S 1990. Immunological relationships and generic revision of the Australian lizards assigned to the genus Leiolopisma (Scincidae: Lygosominae). Australian Journal of Zoology 38 (5): 535-554 - get paper here
  • Hutchinson,M.D. & Schwaner,T.D. 1991. Genetic relationships among the Tasmanian scincid lizards of the genus Niveoscincus. Journal of Herpetology 25 (1): 49-58 - get paper here
  • Hutchinson,M.N.; Robertson,P. & Rawlinson,P.A. 1989. Redescription and ecology of the endemic Tasmanian scincid lizards Leiolopisma microlepidotum and L. pretiosum. Pap. Proc. R. Soc. Tasn. 123: 257-274 - get paper here
  • Melville, Jane; Swain, Roy 1997. Spatial separation in two sympatric skinks, Niveoscincus microlepidotus and N. metallicus, from Tasmania. Herpetologica 53 (1): 126-132 - get paper here
  • Melville, Jane; Swain, Roy 2000. Evolutionary relationships between morphology, performance and habitat openness in the lizard genus Niveoscincus (Scincidae: Lygosominae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 70: 667–683. - get paper here
  • Melville,J. & SWAIN,R. 2000. Mitochondrial DNA-sequence based phylogeny and biogeography of the snow skinks (Squamata: Scincidae: Niveoscincus) of Tasmania. Herpetologica 56 (2): 196-208 - get paper here
  • Olsson, M.; Ujvari, B.; Wapstra, E.; Madsen, T.; Shine, R. & Bensch, S. 2005. Does mate guarding prevent rival mating in snow skinks? A test using AFLP. Herpetologica 61 (4): 389-394 - get paper here
  • O’Shaughnessy,A.W.E. 1874. A description of a new species of Scincidae in the collection of the British Museum. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (4) 13: 298-301 - 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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