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Carlia decora HOSKIN & COUPER, 2012

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesElegant Rainbow Skink 
SynonymCarlia decora HOSKIN & COUPER 2012 
DistributionAustralia (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  
TypesHolotype: 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). 
CommentSimilar 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. 
EtymologyFrom 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. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • HOSKIN, CONRAD J. & PATRICK J. COUPER 2012. Description of two new Carlia species (Reptilia: Scincidae) from north-east Australia, elevation of Carlia pectoralis inconnexa Ingram & Covacevich 1989 to full species status, and redescription of Carlia pectoralis (de Vis 1884). Zootaxa 3546: 1–28 - get paper here
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