Carlia decora HOSKIN & COUPER, 2012
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Carlia decora?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Elegant Rainbow Skink|
|Synonym||Carlia decora HOSKIN & COUPER 2012|
|Distribution||Australia (NE Queensland)|
Type locality: Alligator Ck, Mt Elliot, Bowling Green Bay National Park (19°26'07"S, 146°56'48"E, 50 m elevation), north-east Queensland
|Types||Holotype: QM J90875, female, C. J. Hoskin, 6 October 2011.|
Paratypes. J42498-500 Townsville Common (19°16'S, 146°49'E); QMJ90878-79 Riverside Gardens, Townsville (19°19'14"S, 146°44'30"E); J48391 Townsville, James Cook University Campus (19°20'S, 146°46'E); QMJ90876-77 Alligator Ck, Mt Elliot (19°25'54"S, 146°56'37"E); J86515 Deadman's Creek, Proserpine (20°30' 14"S, 148°33'23"E); J86516 Deadman's Ck, Proserpine (20°30'15"S, 148°33'22"E); J86449 Deadman's Creek, Proserpine (20°30'6"S, 148°33' 21"E); J63912 Cathu SF, Horse Ck (20°48' 51"S, 148°34'11"E); J74809 Brampton Is (20°49'S, 149°17'E); J74805 Cape Hillsborough NP (20°54'30"S, 149°00'30"E); J74807, J74812 Cape Hillsborough NP (20°55'30"S, 149°02' 30"E); J53395 Boulder Ck, campsite, via Mt Charlton (21°01'S, 148°43'E); J81405 East Point, Mackay (21°09'S, 149°13'E).
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A moderate-sized Carlia (max SVL 49 mm) that can be distinguished from all its congeners by a combined suite of characters. Interparietal scale free. Dorsal scales tricarinate and hexagonally-shaped. Palpebral disc large. Ear aperture vertically elliptic (usually angled back) with a single large, rounded lobule on the anterior margin (Fig. 8A). Supraciliaries usually five. Prefrontals usually moderately separated (Fig. 9A). Upper preocular usually well developed and contacting posterior edge of 2nd loreal scale (if not contacting loreal, then broadly triangular in shape) (Figs. 10A–C). Breeding male with a pale blue throat and distinct orange upper lateral stripe that extends from forelimb to hindlimb; sometimes a less distinct orange lower lateral stripe is also present; black speckling present on neck and jawline but usually no, or limited, black-edging to scales on throat (Figs 1A, 2A, 4A, 5A). Adult female with a distinct, black-edged, white mid-lateral stripe that always extends to the groin (Figs 1B, 6A, 7A). Both sexes with an immaculate white or cream ventral surface.|
|Comment||Similar species: C. vivax de Vis 1884, members of the C. pectoralis group (C. pectoralis, C. rubigo sp. nov. and C. inconnexa), and female C. jarnoldae Covacevich & Ingram 1975.|
|Etymology||From the Latin decora (feminine), meaning ‘beautiful'. In recognition of the beautiful form and colour pattern of this species. The species epithet is treated as a noun in apposition.|